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The 29th Annual Billy Sandifer Cleanup wrap up numbers are in for 2024!

The totals are in! We had 2,000 volunteers remove 28 tons of trash from 30 miles of beach! Thanks to everyone who made this possible, the volunteers, sponsors and the Padre Island National Seashore personnel. See you next year for the 30th annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup!

 Billy Sandifer 6/11/1947 - 3/31/2018 "Life's a hoot. Get you some of it!"

Contact: Tyler Thorsen – Vice President - Friends of Padre for more information. Email: tylerthor44@gmail.com or 361 – 779 – 3044

 If you would like to make a donation in honor of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this rugged, desolate stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 17,425 volunteers have removed 3,258,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


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The Friends of Padre Kids Art Contest Going on Now!

Friends of Padre's 2nd Annual Kids Art Contest begins today. See Information below. The contest is open to kids between 3 and 14. If you have any questions contact us at info@friendsofpadre.com

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Friends of Padre at Earth Day Bay Day this Saturday!

Please join us Saturday at Heritage Park for the 24th Annual Coastal Bend Bays Foundation's Earth Day Bay Day from 10am until 4pm. They'll have food, crafts and Nature displays from over 60 vendors. We will be there with FOP...

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28th Annual Cleanup Sets New Records!

Thanks to all of you who made this possible - the sponsors, the volunteers, the National Park Service personnel, and our Friends of Padre team. We had to wait until all of the roll off dumpsters were weighed before calling...

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