Friends of the GTM Reserve announces Oceanwise

Fundraiser to continue celebration of GTM 20th anniversary


The Friends of the GTM Reserve recently announced tickets are available for the ninth annual Oceanwise fundraiser to support the GTM Research Reserve and its 20th anniversary celebration. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center in Ponte Vedra Beach.

"On August 19, 1999, GTM Research Reserve was designated the 24th National Estuarine Research Reserve," said Ellen Leroy-Reed, executive director of Friends of the GTM Reserve. "As the citizen organization that supports the Reserve's education, research and stewardship programs, we are excited about celebrating this historic occasion as part of this year's fundraiser!"

This signature event features local fine restaurants serving sustainable seafood and other locally-sourced dishes, a silent auction, estuary games, entertainment and a breathtaking view of the sun setting over the Guana River. Guests will be treated to fine wine and beer sponsored by Bold City Brewery.

Tickets are $65 per person for early registration. After August 31, tickets are $75 per person. Tickets can be reserved online. To sponsor Oceanwise, email Ellen Leroy-Reed at For more information, call (904) 823-4527.