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Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy

Oceanic Evening marks end of Mote’s Oceans of Opportunity Campaign

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy

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Terry Lou Ritchie, Bill Ritchie, Dr. Christelle Bouchard and Andrea Stephens

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Terry Lou Ritchie, Bill Ritchie, Dr. Christelle Bouchard and Andrea Stephens

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A “mermaid” graces the lobby outside the ballroom for cocktail hour.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

A “mermaid” graces the lobby outside the ballroom for cocktail hour.

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Marilyn Schroeter, John Strickland and Chairwoman Judy Graham

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Marilyn Schroeter, John Strickland and Chairwoman Judy Graham

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Christine Koerwer, Sue Lee, Kim Bassos-Hull and Missy Myers

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Christine Koerwer, Sue Lee, Kim Bassos-Hull and Missy Myers

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Mike Murray, Karen Hansen, Rich and Jennifer Plettner and Dr. Al Hernandez

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Mike Murray, Karen Hansen, Rich and Jennifer Plettner and Dr. Al Hernandez

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Ken and Carrie Cox

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Ken and Carrie Cox

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Diamond Vault created a custom convertible brooch/pin with 18 KT yellow and white gold, 37 diamonds in the shape of a piece of coral, and blue topaz. Attendees had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win the piece.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Diamond Vault created a custom convertible brooch/pin with 18 KT yellow and white gold, 37 diamonds in the shape of a piece of coral, and blue topaz. Attendees had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win the piece.

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Veronica Brady, Keith Monda and Erin Kabinoff, chief development officer for Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Veronica Brady, Keith Monda and Erin Kabinoff, chief development officer for Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Sarah Runge and Dr. Jordon Beckler

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Sarah Runge and Dr. Jordon Beckler

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Susie Klingeman and Catherine Armitage

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Susie Klingeman and Catherine Armitage

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Guests munched on shrimp appetizers during cocktail hour.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Guests munched on shrimp appetizers during cocktail hour.

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Rogan Donelly with Julie and Phil Delaney

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Rogan Donelly with Julie and Phil Delaney

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Sandy Edinger, Adrienne Atkins, Anthony Singley and Martha Edinger

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Sandy Edinger, Adrienne Atkins, Anthony Singley and Martha Edinger

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Sharon Pierce, Dr. Richard Pierce, Sunny Raegen, Mark Mitchell, Pat Donegan and Donna and Dr. Dave Vaughn

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Sharon Pierce, Dr. Richard Pierce, Sunny Raegen, Mark Mitchell, Pat Donegan and Donna and Dr. Dave Vaughn

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The oceanic theme carried over into the centerpieces and tableware color scheme.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

The oceanic theme carried over into the centerpieces and tableware color scheme.

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Chair of the Mote Board of Trustees Lowe Morrison, Leiza Fitzgerald and Jen and David Otterness

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Chair of the Mote Board of Trustees Lowe Morrison, Leiza Fitzgerald and Jen and David Otterness

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Barbara Brizdle and Roxie Jerde

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Barbara Brizdle and Roxie Jerde

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Julie and David Dickson

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Julie and David Dickson

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The ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota was transformed into a colorful oceanic scene.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

The ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota was transformed into a colorful oceanic scene.

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Dr. Harry and Jenni Kopelman

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Dr. Harry and Jenni Kopelman

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Jacquelyn and Trudo Letschert with Pam and Bob Taylor

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Jacquelyn and Trudo Letschert with Pam and Bob Taylor

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Darla and Bill Furst

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Darla and Bill Furst

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Chair of the Mote Board of Trustees Lowe Morrison welcomes the crowd.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Chair of the Mote Board of Trustees Lowe Morrison welcomes the crowd.

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Alan Rose and Hermione Gilpin

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Alan Rose and Hermione Gilpin

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Stan Pastor, Chairwoman Judy Graham and Stephanie Shaw

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Stan Pastor, Chairwoman Judy Graham and Stephanie Shaw

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Hobart and Janis Swan with Andria Piekarz and Alan Amero

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Hobart and Janis Swan with Andria Piekarz and Alan Amero

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Glenda Miller with Dr. Tom and Sandi Troxler

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Glenda Miller with Dr. Tom and Sandi Troxler

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President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Dr. Michael Crosby announces the final amount of money raised through the Oceans of Opportunity Campaign: $51,736,582.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Dr. Michael Crosby announces the final amount of money raised through the Oceans of Opportunity Campaign: $51,736,582.

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Courtney and Paul Tarantino with Nick and Katie Kominos

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Courtney and Paul Tarantino with Nick and Katie Kominos

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Monty Clark, Dr. Erinn Muller and Dr. Andrea and Joe Tarnecki

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Monty Clark, Dr. Erinn Muller and Dr. Andrea and Joe Tarnecki

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Cindy Peterson and Mary Beth Goddard

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Cindy Peterson and Mary Beth Goddard

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Rudy and Darcy Webb, Tom and Clare Merrick, Elizabeth Gifford and Cedar Hames

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Rudy and Darcy Webb, Tom and Clare Merrick, Elizabeth Gifford and Cedar Hames

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Emily Markey and Trevor Bland

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Emily Markey and Trevor Bland

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Bob Essner, chair of the campaign, thanks members of the Board of Trustees for their 100% participation.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Bob Essner, chair of the campaign, thanks members of the Board of Trustees for their 100% participation.

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Jim Ericson, Maurice Cunniffe, Elizabeth Moore, Anne Essner, Bob Essner, Carolyn Cunniffe, Nancy Moskovitz and Dr. Rick Moskovitz pose after receiving a shark tooth gift for their generous donations of $1 million or more to the campaign.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 |

Jim Ericson, Maurice Cunniffe, Elizabeth Moore, Anne Essner, Bob Essner, Carolyn Cunniffe, Nancy Moskovitz and Dr. Rick Moskovitz pose after receiving a shark tooth gift for their generous donations of $1 million or more to the campaign.

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