Category: President’s Blog

Monday, March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019 Dear Friend of Mystic Aquarium: Before I reveal to you several exciting developments here at Mystic Aquarium, please allow me to share the extraordinary accomplishments of 2018. Some key highlights of the past year include: We welcomed nearly 800,000 guests in 2018, well over our goal of 750,000 We raised more than $11 million in funding including $2.25 million for the national youth conservation mentoring program and... MORE »

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dear Friend, Town Meeting This week we held our quarterly Town Hall meeting for all staff and volunteers.  During this meeting I reported on the first quarter financial results, which are very strong.  I restated our goal of building endowment funds during 2018. Financial results are driven by many factors, none more important than overall team performance in mission and mission support areas.  Over the past three months we have... MORE »

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dear Friend: Dinosaur Exhibit Opening On Friday evening we welcomed VIP’s and Members to the opening of Jurassic Giants: A Dinosaur Adventure in the Ocean Conservation Center. Over 2,500 members came to preview the exhibit. They were not only greeted by 12 animatronic dinosaurs, but also by a 32.5 pound sculpted chocolate dinosaur.  The sweet creation was crafted for Mystic Aquarium by Chef Franck Iglesias, Executive Pastry Chef at... MORE »

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dear Friend: The Mosey Family Dinosaur Exhibit This past weekend we welcomed Trustee Tom Mosey and his family for a ribbon cutting and tour of our new exhibit, Jurassic Giants:  A Dinosaur Adventure.  We are very grateful to Tom, Julie, Samantha and James Mosey for their family’s sponsorship of the exhibit and active involvement in its design and implementation. The exhibit opens to the public this Saturday, April 7th.  Here are a... MORE »

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dear Friend, A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! On New Year’s Day we were delighted to welcome an East Lyme girl, Evie Helms, who suffers from Hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain, causing pressure within the skull, and leading to various complications. Social media guru Adam Cilley spotted a Facebook post from the Helm’s family regarding Evie’s condition and her love of sea... MORE »

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dear Friend: Happy Holidays to all of you.  This has been a busy season of celebrations at the Mystic Aquarium.  Last Thursday, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce honored two people who are near and dear to us. Andy Wood:  Excellence In Tourism Award Senior Vice President for External Relations Andy Wood received the Joyce Resnikoff Excellence In Tourism Award.  In her remarks, Ms. Resnikoff noted that during his five year... MORE »

Thursday, November 30, 2017

  Dear Friend: Donors and Sponsors – A Special Thank You Just before Thanksgiving, we hosted a reception for our many donors and sponsors.  The reception itself was sponsored by United Healthcare.  In this “Giving Season” I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for all who support Mystic Aquarium through donations and sponsorships. Here are some images from the evening:... MORE »

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dear Friend: We are very pleased to welcome three new members of the Board of Trustees who were elected at our recent Board meeting. Patrick Green In April 2017, Patrick Green was named the new President and CEO of L+M Healthcare and the Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health. His appointment was effective June 5, 2017. Prior to his new role at L+M, Green served for five years as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief... MORE »

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dear Friend, First of all, a very happy Halloween to all of you! Below are my two new favorite Halloween pictures, the first one starring Vice President of Biological Programs, Dr. Allison Tuttle: And this one, sent to us by Stonington Chief of Police Darren Stewart. One of our Sea Schoolers dressed up as the Stonington Police Boat. Captain Olson and Officer Cullen stopped by and thanked the future Officer for his... MORE »

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear Friend: 11th Annual Penguin Walk / Run This past Saturday, the 11th Annual Penguin Walk / Run took place at Mystic Aquarium.  There were 475 participants in the event which raised $25,000 in support of Mystic Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts on behalf of highly endangered African Penguins. The Penguin Walk / Run was started by Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano, who is an avid runner and who also coaches the cross... MORE »