E-Newsletter Articles

August 2012

Budding philanthropists sell lemonade to feed the sea otters

Leeia and Bob

Proving it’s never too early to start supporting a cause you believe in, two young girls recently hosted a garage sale and opened a lemonade stand to raise money to help feed our resident sea otters. The girls, Leeia Stroh and Jessica Levin, felt a deep connection to Adaa, Lootas, Aniak and, not surprisingly, young Sekiu. And in a living manifestation of our Mission, they took those feelings and acted upon them.

Business was brisk and the girls soon found that many customers were happy to contribute to their worthy cause and enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade at the same time. By the time they closed up shop, they had raised eighty dollars.

Delighted with the results of their venture, the girls brought their proceeds to the Seattle Aquarium in the mini lunchbox that had served as their cash drawer. Aquarium CEO Bob Davidson met with them to accept their donation and express his appreciation for their hard work and support.

Small, large and everywhere in between, each donation we receive at the Aquarium makes a difference and helps us further our Mission. Our thanks and appreciation go to Leeia and Jessica — and we hope to see them at the sea otter exhibit again soon!

Northern fur seal Isaac is a dad!

Isaac's Pup

On the night of July 11, the New England Aquarium in Boston welcomed a new northern fur seal pup to the family. Ursula, a resident female fur seal, gave birth to a healthy male — and the father is the Seattle Aquarium’s very own Isaac!

Isaac was born at the Seattle Aquarium in 2000 during a Chris Isaak concert (hence his name). In 2009 he was transferred to the New England Aquarium on a breeding loan; Commander was transferred here from the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut to take his place.

Currently, there are just 12 northern fur seals in zoos and aquariums in the United States. With the hope of increasing that number, the Seattle Aquarium collaborated with the New York Aquarium and the Mystic Aquarium to move the animals with the highest breeding potential to the New England Aquarium in 2009.

Isaac, who was nine years old at the time of the transfer, was soon breeding with up to three different females. One became pregnant in 2011 but the pup was stillborn, as often happens with first-time mothers. Happily, the second time was the charm and the new pup and mother are both doing well.

For more updates on the new northern fur seal pup, along with our other marine mammals, visit our blog or “like” us on Facebook.

Why I: Callisons Inc.


We sat down with Scott Trethewey, board member and long-time supporter of Otter Open, to discover why he is so passionate about the Aquarium.

How did you get involved with the Aquarium?
As a kid spending summers on Hood Canal, I became fascinated with sea stars and their friends. Back in Seattle, I visited the Aquarium a lot. I still like to visit--and bring my own kids. I got involved at the board level a few years ago when my friend Ted Ackerley asked me to join. I’m an avid golfer, so it made sense for me to join the Otter Open committee to help plan our yearly tournament. This year my cousin Jim Burgett, whom I work with at our family business, is chairing the event. So I guess you could say the Aquarium is a family affair.

Why does Callisons, Inc. sponsor Otter Open?
Our extended family has supported many organizations over the years privately, including the Aquarium through Otter Open. It's really a fantastic tournament and we have been participating for a number of years. This year, the opportunity to be the title sponsor came our way and it seemed like a natural fit for our business, Callisons, Inc. It’s a great day of golf at Broadmoor so get your spot today!

What is the most important aspect of the Aquarium’s mission to you?
Our family came to Seattle well over 100 years ago and Puget Sound is in our blood. We love the water and animals, so educating people on how to conserve them for future generations tops the list. We hope our involvement with the Aquarium’s mission will inspire our children, and their children and their children’s children to get involved, as well!

Why do you feel people should support the Aquarium?
When people think of Puget Sound and Seattle they think of rain. When they get past that, it is all about the water and mountains—everyone loves the water and the mountains. But the water is in trouble, and so are all the animals that live in it and depend on it. My family’s involvement with the Aquarium and with the challenges confronting Puget Sound have given me an eye-opening education on how much needs to be done. The Aquarium is a great facility with tons of information and dedicated, passionate people who want to help others learn.

Whenever I’m at the Aquarium, I have such a great time watching kids absorb all the sights. My hope is that by supporting the Aquarium, I might be helping motivate a few of those kids to grow up to be advocates for inspiring continued conservation of our marine environment.

Oh, and the sea stars are still great, too!

Mark your calendar for our Otter Open Golf Classic

Otter Open

We invite you to join us for our 12th annual Otter Open Golf Classic, to be held September 17 at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle. Along with the golf tournament, the event will feature games, refreshments, prizes, a mini-live auction on the course and a short silent auction reception. It’s sure to be one of the most festive golf tournaments in the region.

As a participant, you’ll play alongside over 100 local golf enthusiasts to raise funds in support of our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. As stewards for Puget Sound, we are all invested in educating the community about how to help preserve our local waters and the world’s one big ocean. Events like the Otter Open Golf Classic help us raise funds to further our mission — while having a lot of fun at the same time.

The event also offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities: Beverage Cart Sponsor, Golf Ball Sponsor and Golf Cart Sponsor at the $4,000 level; and Hole Sponsor at the $3,000 level. Additionally, you can support and participate in the Otter Open Golf Classic by donating silent or mini-live auction items and/or purchasing a foursome to play in the tournament.

For foursome information or sponsorship details, please contact Tamsyn Theo at (206) 838-3914 or by email.

Sneak preview: the Aquarium’s fall programs for kids

Fall Programs

Summer may be our busiest season, but the Seattle Aquarium will still be the place to be in fall and winter. We’re bringing back our most popular kids’ programs and introducing a few exciting new ones as well. Choose one, choose several or choose them all — each interactive experience is designed to engage and entertain youth while reinforcing our important message of marine conservation.

Our upcoming programs include Toddler Time for children 5 and under; Sea Songs & Stories for children 5 and under; Critter Discoveries for children ages 3–5; Ocean Explorers for children ages 6–8; and Sea Star Sundays, a one-day holiday camp for children ages 6–12. For details on each of our offerings, including dates, costs and registration information, visit us online in September.

A Message from our President & CEO

Bob Davidson

Last month, the Aquarium accomplished a huge milestone when we recorded our one-millionth volunteer hour. This is a remarkable reflection of the dedication and commitment shown by people who deeply care about our Mission.

Volunteers have been integral to the success of the Aquarium from the day it opened 35 years ago. Since we started recording volunteer hours in 1990, we’ve had 4,400 people generously give of their time.

Volunteers impact all aspects of the Aquarium. We rely on them to answer guest questions in the Aquarium and on local beaches, dive in the tanks, prepare food for the animals and run tests in the lab. Our volunteers create an interactive atmosphere for each guest who walks through our doors. Some volunteers have been helping from the very beginning--one even reached the 12,000 hour mark this year.

I offer many thanks to our volunteers for all that they give each day.