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Saturday July 29, 2017 6pm to 9pm


Friend of the Wetlands: $150
Steward of the Wetlands: $250

The Wetlands Institute’s largest and most prestigious event of the year brings together over 200 guests including esteemed donors and community partners, and attracts new donors in direct support of our mission-based programs.

Guests enjoy live music, luscious hors d’oeuvres, basket raffles and a live auction, in a cocktail party athmosphere.

Top New York auctioneer, Col. Michael Powers, generates excitement during the live auction and has guests bidding often and high on amazing experiences, delectable dinners, exclusive wine collections and much more.

Proceeds from this premier event benefit The Wetlands Institute’s world class research, conservation and education initiatives.  Please join us for this year’s celebration. Sponsors are essential to the success of the Summer Celebration.

If you believe in our mission and support the coastal community, please consider sponsorship at the highest level. Opportunities are available at a variety of giving levels.

Our 2nd annual Summer Celebration was held at the Reeds on the evening of August 6 and it was a huge success! We want to thank all who came out to celebrate summer overlooking the marsh and to support our programs. Special thanks to our Sponsors!

Gold Level Premier Event Sponsors

Karen Welke

Silver Level Premier Event Sponsors


Ray and Ellen Burke

Cape May

Wayne and Kay

Richard Schmollinger

Bronze Level Premier Event Sponsors

Jeff and Lee

Barry and Lois

The Hays

Jim and Hannah

Jim and Diana Perella

Hank & Julie

Will & Jennifer

Patron Level Corporate Contributors

Brown and Brown Insurance

Friend Level Corporate Contributors

Beach Dwellings Design
Cape May Marina
Clarke’s Sunset Market
Coco Blu
DiPalantino Contractors
Flying Fish Studio

Mott McDonald
Mike Rennie Construction
Joe Canal’s, Rio Grande
Seashore Ace, Stone Harbor
Steve & Cookies by the Bay

Host Committee

Ray and Ellen Burke
Debbie and Michael Hays
Jane Rakestraw
Mary Millar
Jeff and Lee Alderton
Lois and Barry Hamilton
Michael Craig
Hank and Julie Schellenger
Bob and Josee Rich
Tim and Cindy Roach
Bert DeVries
Peter and Claudia Beyda

John Millar and Rault Kehlor
RJ and Sara Soens
John O’Dea and Liz Zurawski
Jim and Ann Lim
Sam and Joann Thomas
Jim Donohue and Carol Mager
Jim and Barbara Summers
Jim and Hannah Miller
Stephen Miller
Alexa Hays
Stephen Chase