Another year of Mermaid Ball is in the books! It was an amazing night full of laughs, dancing, costumes, and a lot of fun! It was my first time attending the event, and I must say I was thoroughly impressed.
The first thing that impressed me was the venue, which was the White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, MA. It was a beautiful ballroom tucked away in the back of a beautiful living community. I stepped outside of the main ballroom and was completely blown away by the view of the ocean. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in my life.
We had a good turn out of around 120 people this year. I did not know what to expect as far as costumes, but I was not let down! Costumes included the traditional Hawaiian shirt, a lobster, mermaids, and sailors. Some people just came in a normal suit and tie with some accessories like I did, but there were a decent amount of people who really went all out with their outfits. It was really cool to see that so many people really get creative with their costumes.
The amount of support we received for the silent auction this year was massive! We had so many great items that we auctioned off at this year’s Mermaid Ball, ranging from Red Sox tickets to a paddle board, from a hand-crafted seal cutting board to garden sculptures, along with many exciting prize packages! At least one item broke $1,000 for the highest bid. I worked very closely with gathering and sorting all of the items as well as putting together the packages, so I was pleased to see the auction go as well as it did.
We were also fortunate enough to receive $15,000 in donations for Fund-A-Need. With this money, we will be able to purchase and use satellite GPS tags for three of our seals! As a result, we will be able to track them and their progress once they are released back into the wild! This is so important in achieving our mission. Not only does it give us an idea of how our seals behave post-release, but it helps us understand the health of the ocean as a whole.
Overall, Mermaid Ball was great and I had so much fun! I definitely recommend going to next year’s Mermaid Ball if you have never gone before. I’m looking forward to the next installment.
Posted by Matt A
Matt is a summer 2018 Marketing intern at the National Marine Life Center. Matt is a senior at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth majoring in Marketing.