A Message From our President
Dear Ocean Institute Supporter and Friend,
We are navigating unprecedented times as a result of the coronavirus. Ocean Institute has been hit hard as school restrictions have caused a complete wipeout of our programs during our highest revenue generating season- which is the fuel that propels us through the rest of the year.
Additionally, we cancelled the Ocean Institute Fest- our biggest annual fundraiser that was to occur later this month.
It has been a complete cascade for us – as it has for so many others. On 3.16.20 we announced to our team that the Ocean Institute must shut down in compliance with the restrictions related to social gatherings.
We are stripping down and prioritizing keeping the animals alive, fundraising, and maintaining the minimum infrastructure to stretch our resources out as far as possible.
As I write this, I am still shocked at what has transpired here in the last 8 days. We remain hopeful that things will swing up in the right direction- but can’t let hope get in the way of doing everything I can to make sure we sustain through this.
I am humbly asking for your considering of emergency support for OI operations - in any amount. To give online, please click HERE
We know the storm will pass but are very concerned about withstanding it.
Thank you very much for your consideration,
Dr. Wendy Marshall
President, Education and Operations