Fort Lauderdale, Florida (December 2021) – On a beautiful Florida evening with a picture-perfect of the Intracoastal Waterway from the patio of the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, guests at the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) 13th Annual Ocean Affair enjoyed a night filled with inspirational stories, a spirited live auction with Guy Harvey’s original and reproduced artwork, trips to exotic locations, luxurious vacation packages and unique gift items, a silent auction and live musical entertainment from the legendary reggae band, The Wailers, all to raise funds for ocean conservation and sustainability.
Dr. Harvey, a world-renowned artist, conservationist and scientist, and his daughter, GHOF program director Jessica Harvey, welcomed the sold-out audience and shared updates from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation covering marine research, marine science education and ocean conservation and sustainability initiatives. A non-profit organization dedicated to saving the seas, the GHOF supports groundbreaking research and helps foster the next generation of ocean conservationists.
“It’s great to be together in person following nearly two years of seeing everyone virtually,” said Dr. Harvey. “I was also happy to announce that the GHOF grew by leaps and bounds in 2021 as we added several dynamic and accomplished individuals to our staff to help develop and implement our new K-12 marine science educational curriculum and, of course, none of this crucial work would be possible without the support we receive from friends, members, donors, licensees, business partners and ocean conservation enthusiasts every year.”
Dr. Harvey also recognized Joseph Farrell, Jr., founder and president of Resolve Marine Group and co-founder and CEO of Mission Resolve Foundation, with the Guy Harvey Conservation Icon Award, presented annually to outstanding researchers, anglers, divers and conservationists that have demonstrated a lifetime of appreciation for the world’s natural resources and have worked to instill that appreciation in the next generation. Farrell is a self-made entrepreneur. His Resolve Marine Group has sunk more vessels for artificial reefs than any other company in the world.
“Joe is a true conservation icon whose passion, leadership and contributions are legendary,” said Dr. Harvey. “From his work with artificial reefs to helping grow and replant damaged corals, Joe is dedicated to the health of our oceans. We are thrilled to recognize him with this award.”
The GHOF’s 13th Annual Ocean Conservation Affair was sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line, with additional support from Advanced Roofing, BBX Capital, Bergeron Everglades Foundation, West Marine Blue Future, Boston Whaler, Brightmark, Broward Workshop, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, City Furniture, Coastal Mississippi, Celebration of the Sea Foundation, The City of Deerfield Beach, Florida Department of Education, FishAngler, Fishial.AI, Florida Lottery, Florida Virtual School, Florida Power & Light Company, Hudson Family Foundation, Intradeco, Lifestyle Media Group, Broward County Government, MarineLab, MarineMax, Mission Resolve Foundation, , National Parks Conservation Association, Nova Southeastern University, Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute, Ocean Crest Alliance, Ocean First Education, Papa’s Pilar Rum, City of Pompano Beach, Resolve, SeaWorld, Schmidt Ocean Institute, Shipwreck Park Pompano Beach, St. Joe Community Foundation, Tervis, Wye Foundation, Winterfest Foundation and Wahoo Bay.
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