Loggerhead Marinelife Center will accept nominations until Saturday, Aug. 25 for Floridaâ€™s most prestigious ocean conservation awards ceremony, the Tenth Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, featuring renowned conservationist Jeff Corwin.
About the luncheon:
Hosted by Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC), the Go Blue Awards Luncheon recognizes and awards four individuals and one business or nonprofit that have promoted, implemented or contributed to a â€œblueâ€ lifestyle of marine conservation and have made significant contributions to improve and protect our oceans, beaches and wildlife.
The event will feature Emmy Award-winning television show host, Conservationist and Biologist, Jeff Corwin as special guest and keynote speaker. Mr. Corwin is the host of â€œOcean Mysteries,â€ Renowned Conservationist and Environmental Journalist. Jeff Corwin shares his one-of-a kind perspective on wildlife conservation, empowering audiences to join the movement to save our natural world for future generations. As the host of the Emmy Award-winning ABC wildlife adventure series â€œOcean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin,â€ Jeff educates and entertains audiences with his knowledge and deep care for the natural world.
The nomination process:
To nominate a person or business for one of these premier awards, visit marinelife.org/goblue. Nominations close on August 25. Finalists will be announced at the Blue Friends Society Cocktail Social being held at the Hilton West Palm Beach on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m.
An esteemed, independent panel of judges will select final candidates for each award. Winners in each category are announced during the luncheon at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach on Friday, October 26.
Nominations are based on several criteria:
- The Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a person who exemplifies a lifelong, extraordinary commitment to marine conservation through their work or volunteer activities similar to LMC Founder Eleanor Fletcher.
- The Blue Ambassador of the Year Award will recognize a person who has made significant contributions in ocean conservation through volunteer-related activities.
- The Blue Friend of the Year Award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions in ocean conservation through work-related activities.
- The Blue Hatchling Youth Award recognizes students up to and including 12th grade who have made significant contributions in marine conservation through volunteer related activities.
- The Blue Business of the Year Award will recognize a business that has made outstanding contributions toward promoting conservation or restoration of marine life or ecosystems through their practices, products or technology.
This yearâ€™s panel of judges includes: Gary Adkison, U.S. Shark Foundation director;Â Fabien Cousteau, aquanaut, oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker; Greg Marshall, inventor and scientist, National Geographic Society; Cristina Mittermeier, award-winning photographer and marine biologist; Sally Murray, daughter of LMC Founder Eleanor Fletcher;Â Susan Murray, Oceana U.S. Pacific deputy vice president, granddaughter of LMC Founder Eleanor Fletcher; Paul Nicklen; photographer and marine biologist, National Geographic; Joel Sartore, photographer, speaker, author, teacher and 20-year National Geographic Magazine contributor; Brian Skerry, National Geographic award-winning photojournalist; and Jim Toomey, Mission Blue executive director, Shermanâ€™s Lagoon Comic Strip creator. WPTV News Channel 5 Meteorologist Glenn Glazer will once again serve as the introductory host for this yearâ€™s luncheon.
For more information about the Go Blue Awards Luncheon, to purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit marinelife.org/goblue.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a nonprofit sea turtle hospital that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site campus hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the worldâ€™s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. In late 2017, the Center launched theirÂ Waves of ProgressÂ capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMCâ€™s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the worldâ€™s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit marinelife.orgÂ or call (561) 627-8280.