NMSF Leadership Awards Dinner
Every year in June, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recognizes our nation’s Ocean Heroes at its annual Leadership Awards Dinner. At the dinner, the NMSF presents its Leadership Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NMSF Volunteer of the Year Award. This year's invitation-only event will be held June 5 from 6:00-10 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
Guests of this black-tie optional, annual dinner include Members and staff of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives; Administration officials; ocean luminaries, scientists, and academics in marine conservation; and representatives from conservation organizations and ocean-related industries.
President Bill Clinton has graciously agreed to receive NMSF’s Leadership Award for significantly advancing ocean policy during his time in office, and will accept the award via video presentation.
Captain Don Walsh, USN (Ret), will receive NMSF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his historic dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench and his subsequent work on ocean exploration, science and policy.
Ron Armonath will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award for leading and expanding a citizen science project in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. He has spent more than a thousand hours working on this project, which collects information from local whale watch ships that is essential in understanding and managing vessel traffic around the marine mammals that make their home in the sanctuary.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is honored to have Jim Toomey, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, as Master of Ceremonies.
We have also invited the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting to announce the 2012 winner of The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, the world’s richest journalism prize, in a testament to the integral relationship between our ocean and the global environment, and to recognize excellence in journalism alongside leadership, lifetime achievement, and volunteerism on behalf of our ocean.
(photos: Jaime Windon, Blonde Photo)