photos by LIN BALL

The Wonderful Wizard of Agua

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation recently held its 2016 Discovery Gala “The Wizard of Agua” at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The 241 attendees enjoyed an evening of friendship and adventure as they followed the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City, encountering many Wizard of Oz characters along the way. Several Oz-themed awards were also presented to recipients for their work on behalf of the foundation: Tim Stripe and Grand Pacific Resorts (Thinkology Award), Walt Meier (Courage Award), and Jason Hansen (Heart Award). Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s educational programs and to help preserve the lagoon. To learn more visit