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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 our objectives of Safety and Scholarships.

 
 

CWSS

This past March, of 2019, we held the First Annual SoCal Water Safety Summit (SCWSS), and we’re so proud of the overwhelming turnout and the positive feedback that many of the attendees expressed! The idea behind the summit was to host a collaborative conference aimed at reducing drowning and aquatic Injuries. We had over 150 first responders, medical professionals and data analysts in attendance to connect and exchange information. By popular demand we are beginning to plan the the 2nd Annual California Water Safety Summitt, tentatively scheduled for March of 2020.

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THE BEN DID GO 4.0

The Ben Did Go 4.0 is scheduled to take place on Sat, July 27, 2019. An epic event that was started by Spencer Pirdy in 2015, has become an annual athletic challenge that continues to grow every year, as watermen and women prone paddle 30 miles through the Channel from Catalina to Newport Beach, to raise funds for the BCMSF. Check back soon or follow us on Instagram to stay up on the latest details about the exciting upcoming event, how to get involved and how to donate. To make a donation and support the event please click here. See the Ben Did Go 3.0 trailer here.

Ben Did Go 3.0, July 28, 2018. Photo Credit: Eric Hernandez

Ben Did Go 3.0, July 28, 2018. Photo Credit: Eric Hernandez