- 26 July 2018
- Last Updated: 26 July 2018
- Published: 26 July 2018
The American Sand Association (“ASA”) is pleased to announce the receipt of a substantial donation from the estate of Mr. Richard Breen, of San Diego, California. RB, as he was known to his friends, was an outdoor person, and spent a large portion of his life outside at the beach, the mountains and the desert. He was an avid duner and supporter of the ASA for many years. He was a veteran of the Coast Guard, where he was a Fire Control Tech, and also of the Navy, where he was an Electronic tech. While in the Navy he worked on Radar antennas for F4 and F14 jets, and also worked on research and development projects. Per his final wishes his ashes will be sent to space.
Mr. Breen’s generous donation will greatly assist the ASA in its mission to protect the public’s access to public lands, including the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (“ISDRA”) in Imperial Valley, California. This includes the ASA’s efforts to re-establish access to Patton Valley from the Sand Highway and to restore access to the east side of the dunes in Glamis across the railroad tracks.
Over the course of the last 18 years, the ASA has spent over $2 Million not only fighting to keep our dunes open, but also RECOVERING 40,000 acres of riding area. Mr. Breen's contribution, while generous, represents a small portion of that fight. We rely completely on the donations and support of the OHV community to do our job and be successful for our members. We will be developing a legacy program to help others follow Mr. Breen’s lead and consider including the ASA as a beneficiary when doing their estate planning.
The ASA extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Breen’s family and friends and offers sincere thanks for his life-long support.