The Ocean Institute and Maddie James Foundation Celebrated the Grand Opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center in May at the Third Annual A Mile for Maddie Fundraising Walk

The Ocean Institute and Maddie James Foundation were proud to announce the third annual A Mile for Maddie fundraising walk on Saturday, May 18, 2013. This year’s walk, presented by Pediatric Dentistry of San Clemente, was combined with the Grand Opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. All net proceeds from the walk will benefit the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at Dana Point’s Ocean Institute.

More than 1,600 walkers have participated in A Mile for Maddie over the past two years and have raised $160,000. These funds have been instrumental in helping to achieve the Maddie James Foundation’s initial goal of raising $1 million to secure the naming rights to the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at the Ocean Institute.

“Celebrating the grand opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center on the same morning as A Mile for Maddie could not be more fitting”, said Kajsa James, Maddie’s mother, co-founder of the Maddie James Foundation and VP of Development for the Ocean Institute. “We were able to share this momentous day with those who have supported us, and show them firsthand what they helped build.”

At 10:00 a.m. on the same morning of the walk, all registered participants took part in the grand opening celebration of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. The Center is built on the water and features new educational facilities that will introduce thousands of K-12 students and visitors from Orange County and beyond to current and emerging issues in oceanography, environmental science and maritime history.

“Developing this first-class oceanography and marine science educational facility has been a goal of the Ocean Institute for more than 10 years”, said Dan Stetson, President and CEO of the Ocean Institute. “The achievement of this goal brings an added sense of excitement for what the future holds for the Ocean Institute and all those who will visit here.

Returning as Celebrity Chair for the event is marine life artist and conservationist Wyland, who hosted an exclusive dinner on August 25, 2013 for the top fundraisers from the walk. For every $500 raised, individuals will receive one ticket to this exclusive dinner. The dinner will be held at the Ocean Institute and catered by award-winning, Orange County-based Zov’s Bistro and Peligroso Tequila. Walkers who continue to raise more than $500 in pledges will earn multiple tickets. The individual who raises the most funds will receive special recognition on August 25th, and will become the owner of a one-of-a-kind artwork that Wyland will paint that evening. Additional prizes for top fundraising teams can be found on A Mile for Maddie web site.

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About The Ocean Institute

Founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities, museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the ocean. The Ocean Institute is open to the general public on weekends, 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free.
Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery every day, 9 am – 5 pm

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, California 92629
www.ocean-institute.org

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