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Fabulous events raise crucial funds for marine science education and provide exciting opportunities for participants. Event sponsorships are available for most events.

This is an elegant event during which an award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual who is making a difference for our oceans –– while award-winning cuisine is paired with fine wines and exceptional friends. It originated in 2004 with an honorary award to former UCSC Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood.


Congressman Sam Farr – An Ocean Champion


2017 Global Oceans Awards Gala
Honoring Congressman Sam Farr

Saturday, March 11, 2017
6 PM
University Center, UC Santa Cruz

Reservations now being accepted
$175 per person
$1400 table for eight

For more Information, call (831) 459-3800


Growing up exploring tide pools along the Monterey Peninsula, Sam Farr became a tireless advocate and strong defender for our coasts and oceans during more than 20 years in Congress.

Congressman Farr is a founding member and co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, whose 67 members from both parties tackle issues facing Earth’s oceans. His support for science has helped the nation to identify threats, then actively seek practical solutions. From marine debris to ocean acidification, and sea otters to marine protected areas, he’s sponsored or co-sponsored 60 bills that improve ocean health.

His approach recognizes human need and relies on solid science. He understands the link between a healthy ocean and a healthy economy. We salute his leadership and vision for the future of our oceans––cheers to Sam on a job well done!

This is a benefit event to support the education programs of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.



    Pete Cartwright
    Brent and Sylvia Constantz
    Bob and Carol Simpkins




Past Global Oceans Award Recipients

2005 – Frans LantingIMG_8573
2006 – Bruce McPherson
2007 – Leon Panetta
2008 – Marcia McNutt
2009 – Brent Constantz
2010 – Kathryn Sullivan
2011 – Julie Packard
2012 – Stephen Palumbi
2013 – Richard Harris
2014 – Andreas Merkl
2015 – Margaret Leinen
2016 – M. Sanjayan

This semi-formal dinner is typically held in late winter or early spring. It is a joyful occasion, with exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, each paired with fine wines from award-winning California vintners. Ticket and table proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.
This semi-formal dinner is a joyful occasion, with exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, each paired with fine wines from award-winning vintners. Ticket and table proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Shadowbrook Restaurant for Community Tuesday. The Shadowbrook Restaurant gives back one-third of the evening’s food and beverages sales to the Seymour Center, IF you tell them your there to support us!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Make a reservation at the Shadowbrook Restaurant up to 30 days in advance
    By phone: (831) 475-1511
  • Tell them you’re coming to support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
  • Reservations accepted starting December
  • Rock Room Lounge opens at 4 PM / Dining room opens at 5 PM (Specials NOT included in Community night totals)

Help us fill this wonderful restaurant with friends of the Seymour Center, support the Seymour Center, and say thank you to this wonderful community restaurant. It means the oceans!

Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Road
Capitola-by-the-Sea, CA 95010


Auction 2016 BannerWHALE OF AN AUCTION


Every bid you make helps our ocean.

The 2016 Whale of an Auction is NOW CLOSED.

Have any questions about the auction or want to know when you can expect to receive or pick up your item(s)? Please contact Amy Kaskowitz at (831) 459-3694 or

This charity auction provides crucial support for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the marine science education center at Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz. Because of people like you, thousands of children, families, and people from all walks of life will discover why ocean science is important, now and for the future of the planet.

Thank you to our donors and bidders who made this year’s auction such a success! 

2016 Donation Information
2016 Donation Form
Thank you, 2016 auction donors.
Thank you, 2015 auction donors.

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