July 15, 2011 – Juno Beach, FL – Nearly 100 guests gathered at a summer cocktail social held at Seasons 52 on July 14th to meet, mingle and chat about conservation. Organized by the Blue Friends Society, a support group of Loggerhead Marinelife Center, the event was held on the restaurant’s top floor overlooking the intracoastal in Palm Beach Gardens. The evening raised $1,871 for the non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.

At the social, guests sipped cocktails and snacked on an assortment of flatbreads and other summer-themed hors d’oeuvres from the restaurant’s seasonal menu. Guests also entered drawings for prizes including a Gretchen Scott Tunic, a sea turtle print and starfish necklace, a sea turtle adoption package and gift cards to Gretchen Scott, Capital Grille, Duffy’s Sports Grill and Cucina Dell Arte.

For many in attendance, the upcoming Go Blue Awards Luncheon was top of mind. The luncheon is put on by the Blue Friends Society to recognize leaders in ocean conservation. The group is accepting nominations for the awards now through August 15. Winners will be announced at the third annual event on October 21, 2011 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, featuring keynote speaker and world renowned ocean conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle.  

The Blue Friends Society is a social group of ocean conservation enthusiasts and Loggerhead Marinelife Center supporters who meet to network, educate, plan and promote conservation efforts. The group holds monthly beach clean-ups and a special events throughout the year. In its third year, the Blue Friends Society has nearly 200 members of all ages. Yearly membership dues are $100 and include complementary admission to five social events.

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