Category: President’s Blog

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 »

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dear Friend: Mystic Aquarium Assisting with Stranded Beluga Calf in Alaska A stranded beluga calf, struggling to survive on its own, was rescued from Cook Inlet, Alaska on Saturday, Sept. 30. The male calf is undergoing intensive around-the-clock care provided by a team of beluga whale experts including Georgia Aquarium, Vancouver Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium, SeaWorld, and Mystic Aquarium who’ve flown from across North America to support... MORE »

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dear Colleague: Charter Oak Credit Union Mystic Aquarium sponsor and partner, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, is offering to match any gifts made by its members to Mystic Aquarium, backdated to August 14, 2017 and through Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  The match will be made in increments of $25 up to a maximum of $500.  If you bank with Charter Oak or know anyone who does, this is an excellent opportunity to support Mystic... MORE »

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dear Friend, Last Saturday evening we celebrated our annual Ocean Commotion gala at Mystic Aquarium.  The event was attended by 525 people and raised $750,000 for mission programs. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make the evening a great success, with special thanks to the Co-Chairs of the event, Eric Janney and Susette Tibus and the event Committee, Marion Dodd, Blaire Eddy, Mark Fader, Marjorie Geiger, Anne Goldenthal, Louise... MORE »

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dear Friend: ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ANNUAL CONFERENCE Last week the Association of Zoos and Aquariums held its annual conference in Indianapolis.  Those attending from Mystic Aquarium, in addition to me, included Katie Cubina, Andy Wood, Larry Rivarde, Allison Tuttle, Laurie Macha, Nate Fague, Laura Batt, Gayle Sirpenski, Roz Gilhuly , Dale Wolbrink and Tracy Romano. Mystic Aquarium plays an active role in the leadership of... MORE »