From Phil at The Marine Mammal Center:
As you may know, I am a volunteer and board member at The Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine mammals along more than 600 miles of California coastline. On Saturday, June 2nd we will celebrate our 4th annual Community Release of harbor seals at Scotty Creek Beach which is 4.6 miles north of Bodega Bay on Highway 1. In past years this event has attracted a growing number of visitors to Bodega Bay who want to participate in the return of these rehabilitated marine mammals to the ocean. We are looking forward to an even greater turnout this year, and hope to make it the most memorable Community Release Celebration yet.
Our goal for this year's event is to raise $5,000 for The Marine Mammal Center. In past years several local businesses have donated 10% of their sales on 'release day' and other businesses have donated items to a silent auction held at Gourmet au Bay after the release. We expect to attract about 200 visitors to the area and we plan to encourage our guests to patronize the local businesses that help make the event a success. If you can donate a portion of your sales and/or an item to the silent auction on release day, we can provide literature and signage to let your customers know about your commitment to The Marine Mammal Center All of the money raised on 'release day' will go directly to the Marine Mammal Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Sausalito. More information about the Marine Mammal Center is available on our website www.MarineMammalCenter.org.
The Marine Mammal Center's core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community. Our Mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals and that of the ocean environment - and to inspire global conservation. The Center's scientists publish 10-20 peer reviewed papers every year contributing to knowledge about marine mammal health and how that relates to human health and the health of the ocean. We also travel to schools to educate more than 50,000 young people about marine mammals and ocean conservancy. We're most visible to the local community and visitors when we're on the beach evaluating and, if necessary, rescuing a sick or injured seal or sea lion. Eleven local community members are trained and experienced in marine mammal evaluation and rescue and they join in asking for your help to support the work and mission of The Marine Mammal Center.
If you haven't already received your personal invitation to attend the release on June 2nd, please contact me by phone or e-mail and I'll see that you get an invitation. It is an inspiring and emotional event. If you have any questions, we would be pleased to stop by your place of business to discuss opportunities for contributions.
Thank you for your support of The Marine Mammal Center.
Phil Warren, Marine Mammal Center volunteer
P.O. Box 696
Bodega Bay, CA 94923