Fundraising Events

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

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Cocktail Reception at 6 PM • Dinner at 7 PM
This elegant event will be held on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz Campus.

Please join us for a sumptuous meal prepared by UC Santa Cruz’s chef, Vincent Franco, formerly executive sous chef of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Quail Lodge in Carmel. Chef Franco will delight us with delicious appetizers, splendid courses, and an exquisite dessert, all paired with fine wines as we honor our 2018 Oceans Hero, Gary Griggs and the next generation of ocean scientists.

To become a Gala Sponsor, contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker: (831) 459-3800 or

For individual or table reservations ($175 per person or $1,400 for a table of eight), contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker: (831) 459-3800 or

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Sponsored By:

Bud and Rebecca Colligan                   Jack and Stephanie Harkness

Carroll & Strong Builders, Inc.                                   Jo Lynne and Fred Jones


Alexis Party RentalsCalifornia PajarosaCinnabar WineryDrake’s Brewing Company

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital • Eadie ConsultantsEpic Wines & Spirits • Pelican Ranch Winery

Sones Cellars • Storrs Winery & Vineyards


See the Press Release

Past Global Oceans Award Recipients

2004 – M.R.C. Greenwood
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
2017 – Sam Farr

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.


WHALE OF AN AUCTION: May 1 – 10, 2018

This annual 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.

To become an Auction Donor or Sponsor, contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker: 831 459-3800  or 

Sponsored by:

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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
  • 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


Donate to the Seymour Center’s special project:

Support Our Oceans—Help Locals “Seymour”

Giving Day is an energized 24-hour online fundraising drive to support UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, and campus programs—like the Seymour Center!

Give a child an opportunity to learn about the ocean. Give a senior a chance to experience a magnificent blue whale. Send a family out for a day of seaside wonder. Help a 4th grader explore ocean science. Provide a disadvantaged group with a big ocean adventure!

Your gift of $8 or less will pay for a Santa Cruz County resident to dive into ocean wonder at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. This small donation will provide someone in need with an amazing day exploring our aquarium, exhibits, and touch pools––learning about the incredible animals who help scientists study the sea.

This is your chance to make a difference for a local person AND for the ocean. Proceeds will be used to underwrite a Free Day in fall 2018. If we surpass this goal, we’ll host additional free days!


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