Some $470,000 were raised during The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s annual gala April 11 in support of the Aquarium’s mission, including its unique environmental-education programming and financial assistance for area schools.
The 20th annual gala welcomed 218 guests, who mingled over cocktails in the Aquarium galleries and then enjoyed an elegant sit-down dinner, as well as silent and live auctions.
The event is the largest annual fund-raiser for the South Norwalk attraction, whose mission is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment.
“We’re very grateful to the generous patrons and corporations that support The Maritime Aquarium’s efforts, especially our work to develop and present STEM-education opportunities for schoolchildren and to advance our conservation work in the field,” said Alicia Wettenstein, the Aquarium’s director of development.
During the gala, a “paddle raise” generated $59,000 specfically to replenish a scholarship fund that helps to make the Aquarium and its marine-science and environmental-education programs available to tri-state area schools regardless of their ability to pay.
Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Aquarium’s annual Red Apple Award, which honors companies, organizations and individuals who share The Maritime Aquarium’s concern for the natural world and environmental education. The 2019 recipient is Chubb.
The global insurance provider is a strong supporter of the Aquarium, most recently through a gift of more than $107,000 that will allow for energy-efficiency upgrades in the 135,000-square-foot attraction.
For more information about the annual gala, call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2277.