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Reflections on last week…

Posted by: David Wilmot

What a week. I’m returning energized from a week in Washington, DC. With the November election just over a month away, DC was electric. Of course, the state of our economy and the ongoing efforts to craft a bailout added another dimension. I was there to do a little looking back and even more looking forward. Once a year, we take the opportunity to recognize members of Congress who have worked to protect our oceans. If you have attended in the past, you would call this recognition a party. And if you attended this year, you would call it our biggest and most exciting Ocean Champions’ party.

I’m very proud. I’m proud that together we have built Ocean Champions into an organization that is having tremendous reach. The bottom line is that a lot of people – people who matter for our oceans – joined the party this year. We should all be thrilled that so many members of Congress are doing important work for our oceans AND they wanted to come to our event to thank us for helping them. We were there to thank them! And our friends and colleagues from the ocean conservation community and beyond joined us. I hope everyone who attended had as much fun as I did. And if you couldn’t make it, we missed you and enjoy the pictures.

In addition to our event and a variety of fundraisers for candidates (I’ll share some stories soon), I was fortunate to attend the grand opening of the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It was a wonderful evening (even with the pouring rain outside) and exciting to have our oceans and their wildlife receiving much needed recognition and attention. I had the good fortune of speaking briefly with Roger Sant and his daughter Shari Sant Plummer and congratulating them on the exhibit. If you don’t know, the new Ocean Hall is named after Victoria and Roger Sant who have been very generous philanthropists to many ocean conservation efforts. Thank you Roger, Vicki and Shari!

Photos Copyright Doug DeMark Photography
Sandra Whitehouse and Rep. Sam Farr

Ocean Champions Board Member Mike Sutton & Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

David Wilmot, Rep. Shays & Ocean Champions Chairman Rob Moir


Margo Pellegrino, Roz Savage, David Helvarg & Billy Causey

Del. Madeline Bordallo & David Wilmot

Chairman Rahall, Senate Candidate Tom Allen & David Wilmot

Reps. Farr & Capps

David Wilmot & Rep. Pallone

Patrick Collins & Jan Cousteau

David Wilmot & Phillippe Cousteau

More photos coming soon on our website…

Date Posted: October 2, 2008 @ 8:57 am

1 Comment »

  1. How wonderful it is that the Sant Hall brings the ocean to our nations capitol. We are fortunate to live here on the central coast of CA where we benefit from the magnificent Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have seen first hand the effect it has had on my own children, who soon launch into adulthood and eventually influence their children. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has accentuated ocean-consciousness beyond what we could have ever imagined. I hope that the Sant Hall does the same for our nations political leadership. Much the way Ocean Champions is doing. Thanks, David for sharing this experience.

    Comment by Denise — October 3, 2008 @ 8:58 am

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