The staff, volunteers and members of Florida Oceanographic Society have dedicated half a century to protecting our coastal ecosystems and inspiring environmental stewardship. The not-for-profit organization located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart commemorated 50 years of environmental excellence with an anniversary gala: “Oceans Alive, Tides of Time” on March 22 at the Elliott Museum.
More than $300,000 was raised at the event for Florida Oceanographic’s education and research initiatives. A portion of funds raised during the event’s live auction will go toward operations of the 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon and life support systems that keep the animals at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center happy and healthy. Money from the raffle is earmarked for the organization’s summer programs that bring children and teenagers to the Coastal Center for environmental education.
“We are truly honored by the outpouring of support and generosity at our 50th anniversary gala. It warms my heart to celebrate this milestone with so many members of the community that share our vision for clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems,” said Mark Perry, executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society. “As a non-profit organization, we depend heavily on donations and contributions to fulfill our mission. I am pleased to report that we not only met but exceeded our fundraising goal for this event.”
During the gala, UBS Financial Services of Stuart was honored as top corporate sponsor for their outstanding contribution to the “Rally for the River” fundraising campaign, a unique, first-time effort uniting financial firms on the Treasure Coast to support the mission of Florida Oceanographic Society. UBS was the leading fundraiser, contributing $14,000 of the “Rally for the River” grand total of $30,000. Thank you to campaign participants Comerica, Merrill Lynch, Northern Trust and Seacoast National Bank for contributing to “Rally for the River.”
Special recognition and thanks go to event sponsors Victoria Brown and Ed Botwinick; the Karl Wickstrom Family; Lindy Donigan and Deane MacMillan; Melissa Escobar; Tim and Ann Timmons; Northern Trust; Daniel and Maria Dunn; Bob and Suzanne Pearson; Paul A. Shirley; Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers; Lee and Gaby Elsey; Fenton Lang Bruner & Associates; Seacoast National Bank; Comerica; Frank M. Byers, Jr.; Bob and Ellen Drisner; John and Barbara Grimmer; Jock and Twinks Irvine; Andrea Lutz; Ralf and Bob Massey; Craig and Elizabeth Price; Millie and Frank Savastano; and WQCS/88.9 FM.
To learn how you can support Florida Oceanographic and their mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems, click here or call 772-225-0505.
About Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. The 57-acre Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts research and restoration programs, as well as advocacy initiatives that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. To learn more, call 772-225-0505.