The GTM Research Reserve hosted its annual fundraiser, Oceanwise: An Evening for the Estuaries, at the visitor’s center on Saturday, Sept. 29, to benefit the programs at the Reserve.
According to Friends of the GTM Reserve Executive Director Ellen Leroy-Reed, money raised from the event goes back into the research, education and stewardship offered by the Reserve. Oceanwise also helps fund ecological education programs for local youth, along with research by visiting and local scientists, the Reserve's landscape and more.
This was the ninth annual Oceanwise benefit to be held at the GTM Research Reserve Visitor's Center, which is located on the Guana River in Ponte Vedra Beach. Each year, the fundraiser features fine restaurants serving seafood and other locally-sourced dishes, entertainment, live music, a silent auction and a sunset view over the river. This year, guests enjoyed fine wine and beer sponsored by Bold City Brewery. Action News Jax evening anchor John Bachman served as emcee for the evening.
For more information on the GTM Research Reserve, or to become a Friends member, visit www.gtmnerr.org.