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Our Why

HONORING THE LEGACY OF BEN CARLSON, THE FALLEN NEWPORT BEACH HERO 

The Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation was formed to leverage Ben Carlson's legacy through doing positive work in his memory. Taking into consideration the things that truly mattered to Ben, your donations will proudly support the following causes as the BCMSF Board of Advisors decides.

 
 

Ben's Story

On July 6, 2014 a few blocks south of the Newport Beach Pier, Ben Carlson and Gary Conwell were patrolling the ocean in the Sea Watch 2 rescue boat. It was the end of a busy 4th of July weekend that was marked by warm conditions, abnormally large and turbulent surf, and giant crowds. Newport Beach Lifeguards made 562 rescues that holiday weekend. Many of those were dramatic lifesaving events that resulted in relieved and reunited families, but the next rescue would not...

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Our Mission

The Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation was formed to leverage Ben Carlson's legacy through doing positive work in his memory. Taking into consideration the things that truly mattered to Ben, your donations will proudly support the following causes as the BCMSF Board of Advisors decide. Thank you for your generous contributions to the "4S programs": Scholarships, Safety, Statue and Stoke.