Thanks to your wonderful, generous support, The Whale Museum is a vibrant organization. No, really, it's true. As a non-profit organization, we rely on donations, both cash & in-kind, to keep our research & educational programs strong as well keep the Museum's Exhibit Hall open year-round.

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10th Annual Greeting Ceremony

On September 23, 2016, we held our 10th annual 'Greeting Ceremony' fundraiser which was a dinner & auction. Hundreds of people came together to coordinate the event, provide sponsorship dollars, donate auction items, create desserts, serve delicious beverages & food, as well as attend the event & bid on items. It was a very fun night held at Brickworks.

Our deep appreciation goes to our committee who worked tirelessly to get the word out and coordinate the event: Shelley Alan, John Aschoff, Jenny Atkinson, Jill Berger, Elli Gull, Kerry Hartjan and Darleen Nixon.

The food & drink were delicious, thanks to Market Chef, Northwest Totem Cellars, Island Hoppin’ Brewery and San Juan Roasters as well as the dessert creators, including Shona Aitken, Bakery San Juan, Jodi Calhoun, Kerry Hartjen, Ruth Ann Krooswyk & Alli Moalli, Market Chef and Mike’s Café & Wine Bar. Gorgeous flowers were donated by Robin’s Nest and beautiful music was provided by cellist Sasha von Dassow. 

The auction items were amazing, contributed by individuals as well as many businesses on-island and from farther away. We cannot thank them enough for contributing items that were so enticing to our attendees.

Our MC & Auctioneer Farhad Ghatan did a wonderful job leading us through the evening.

We had great event sponsors – thanks to Islanders Insurance, Islanders Bank, Petro San Juan, Coldwell Banker-SJI, Windermere, Friday Harbor Pet Supplies, Ace Hardware and John & Marcy Aschoff.

And the volunteers and Museum staff were amazing – more than 20 people were on-hand to decorate, run the event and clean up, including a wonderful student chef from Friday Harbor High’s Food For Thought Program.

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 10th annual “Greeting Ceremony” fundraiser. Because of you, we raised just over $18,000 to further The Whale Museum’s mission of promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

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