Join MRC at Our Conservation Awards Banquet April 5

Help us celebrate the 18th Annual MRC Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet to honor extraordinary Indian River Lagoon conservation heroes.

This is an evening of famed speakers, unique art, wine, spirits, live music, and delectable food in recognition of our esteemed partners and individuals who have helped shape some of today’s most crucial lagoon conservation wins. Proceeds benefit the Marine Resources Council’s efforts to protect and conserve our cherished Indian River Lagoon.

When: Friday, April 5, 2019 • 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Where: The Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront Hotel
3003 N. Highway A1A
Melbourne, FL 32903

This formal event is open to the public. Each ticket includes 2 complimentary adult beverages and choice of entree (Filet Mignon, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Chicken Mediterranean, and Roasted Vegetable Lasagna).

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Event Highlights Include:

  • Live Caribbean & Steele Drum Music by Chester Murray
  • Silent and Live Auction
  • Guest Speakers
  • Souvenir Glass
  • Photo Walk

Guest Speakers Include:

  • Famed Environmentalist & South FL Political Powerhouse Maggy Hurchalla
  • Dr. Mark Perry, Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society / President of the Rivers Coalition, Inc.
  • Courtney Barker, Satellite Beach City Manager

Awards & Attending Nominees Include:

Stan Blum Lifetime Award for Conservation
Nominees: George Rosenfield/ Mary Bowman/ Steve Chalmers

Albert Tuttle Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Nominees: Dennis Mayo/ Mark D. Perry/ Rodney Smith

Maggie Bowman Award for Outstanding Service by an Elected Official
Nominees: Curt Smith/ Senator Debbie Mayfield/ Frank Catino

Paul Kroegel Award for Outstanding Service by a Government Employee
Nominees: Dianne Hughes / Duane DeFreese/ Charles Henry

Project of the Year Award
Nominees: C1 Canal Water Diversion to the St. Johns River / Indian River Lagoon Health Update / Shuck and Share

These talented and dedicated conservationists are identified by the MRC Membership and honored through a nomination process. Voting Ends on 3/22/19. The winners will be announced during the ceremony. There is still time to become an official member of MRC and cast your vote at http://bit.ly/2y2T0ZQ.

Special Need: Seeking Sponsors and Live Auction Items!

We are seeking to offer beach/vacation, fishing/boating experiences and other special items in our silent/live auction. Sponsorships start at $100. Please view available sponsorship opportunities at http://bit.ly/2GwlZM6. To discuss event sponsorship, and in-kind donations including auction items, please contact Steve Sharkey at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com or 321-978-8862.

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Thank You Sponsors!

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Dolphin: $1,000

  • Logo and name recognition in all promotional materials, including signage, printed and internet promotions, press releases, event website, and social media
  • Opportunity to introduce a guest speaker during the program
  • Full page ad in event program
  • 4 tickets to the event
  • Personal meet and greet with guest speakers. Opportunity to provide gift bags or branded items to event attendees
  • Opportunity to provide volunteers for the event or serve at the event check-in

Manatee: $750

  • Logo and name recognition in all promotional materials, including signage, printed and internet promotions, press releases, event website, and social media
  • 1/2 page ad in event program
  • 4 tickets to the event
  • Opportunity to provide branded item for gift bag
  • Opportunity to provide volunteers for the event or serve at the event check-out

Snook: $500

  • Logo and name recognition in all promotional materials, including signage, printed and internet promotions, press releases, event website, and social media
  • 1/4 page ad in event program
  • 2 tickets to  the event
  • Opportunity to provide branded item for gift bag
  • Opportunity to provide volunteers for the event

Redfish: $250

  • Logo and name recognition in all promotional materials, including signage, printed and internet promotions, press releases, event website, and social media
  • Business card sized ad in the event program
  • 1 ticket to the event
  • Opportunity to provide printed marketing material for gift bag
  • Opportunity to provide volunteers for the event

Oyster: $100

  • Name recognition in all available promotional materials, including signage, printed and internet promotions, press releases, event website, and social media
  • Business card size listing in the event program
  • Opportunity to provide printed marketing material for gift bag
  • Opportunity to provide volunteers for the event

Signature Sponsorship Opportunities

These exclusive sponsorship opportunities below help us deliver high quality and unique elements to the event. In return for your generous sponsorship, you will find recognition benefits associated with each level.

Printing: $500

Your company name on invitations, event program, event signage and flyers as the printing sponsors (Deadlines apply). Your staff can also volunteer at the event registration table.

Bar Sponsor: $500

Your company name prominently placed at the bar where many guests will partake of some signature wine & spirits.

Photo Walk Sponsor: $500

Company name/logo will be prominently placed on the step and repeat banner, which is a publicity backdrop used primarily for event photography, printed with a repeating pattern such that brand logos or emblems are visible in photographs of the individuals standing in front of it.

Auction Sponsor: $500

Your name will be featured during the live auction presentation and on materials to and package descriptions featured online and in email communications.

In-Kind Support

Your in-kind donation to help further reduce our event expenses are welcome. We will acknowledge you or your company as the donor of any of the in-kind items you contribute toward the event. Items needed include:

  • Live Auction Items (i.e. Beach Houses, Sports Tickets (Corporate Suites), Unique Experiences, Boating, Fishing, etc.) — minimum value $500
  • Signature art pieces (please refer to the call for art guidelines)
  • Advertising: Print/TV/Radio

Important Deadlines

Friday, March 1: Deadline to be listed as a printing underwriter on invitations.

Friday, March 15: Deadline to get artwork in for event program ads. Deadline to be listed as a printing sponsor on event program.

For additional information on event sponsorship, underwriting, and in-kind support, please contact Steve Sharkey at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com or 321-978-8862.

Payment Options 

  • Register Online Now at (Direct link: http://bit.ly/2GwlZM6).
  • Remit a Check by Mail Payable to Marine Resources Council (Please write “Awards Sponsor” in the memo line and include a phone number.) at 3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905.