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CONNECTING WHERE WE’VE BEEN TO WHERE WE’RE going Last year, we began our annual report with a reflection of where we’ve been. We reviewed the 1987 strategic plan that led to the inception of the museum; and we discussed how far we’ve come. This year, we’re excited to look forward to where we’re going. The past fiscal year saw new opportunities arise in all of our major offerings, from educating the community to research and conservation, from sustainable practices to our animals and exhibits. We’ve grown immensely, and we won’t stop anytime soon. Take a look at the coming pages and learn about what we have accomplished and where we are hoping to go next. Support for our upcoming capital campaign has come from all over the region, including our major donors: Jane P. Batten, Macon and Joan Brock, Joshua P. and Elizabeth D. Darden Foundation, the Dreyfus Family Foundation, and Roy E. Hendrix. Thank you for helping us continue to serve as Virginia’s Aquarium.

Delceno Miles

Foundation President


Board of Trustees Virginia Aquarium Foundation July 2016–June 2017

Chairman of the Board

Thomas E. Fraim, Jr.


Delceno Miles

President Elect

Lee Entsminger

Vice President

Andrew W. Vakos, Sr.


Sal DaBiero


Shewling Moy

General Counsel

Wiley F. Mitchell, Jr.

Executive Director

Lynn B. Clements

Trustees Michael Benedetto David Burton Michelle Collins Bryan Cuffee Gary Finkbeiner Chris Graves Craig Grube Bert “Burr” Henderson Katherine Hines Andrew Hodge Ellen Keeter Esi Langston John Matson Cory Mayo Michael McCabe, Jr. JT McDonald Cheryl McLeskey Tom McNicholas Sherri Miles 4

President’s Circle Kathryn O’Hara Daniel Peterson Carolyn Robertson Chris Rusbuldt Kim Savage Bert Schmidt John Settle Jean Siebert Tina Sinnen Michael Standing, Jr. Ray Toll Cathie France Vick Frank Wagner Michael Wagner Samantha Wetzler Kim Wheeler David Williams Nikki Williams Chas Wright

Rendy Adams Macon Brock Thomas C. Broyles Barbara Taylor Creech Nancy A. Creech Robert H. DeFord, Jr. John H. Fain Morris H. Fine Bob Fort Thomas E. Fraim, Sr. Thomas R. Frantz William Hearst Dorcas Helfant-Browning Dr. Clarence A. Holland Ann W. Host Elly D. Mladick Fred Napolitano, II Jane M. Purrington C. Mac Rawls

Timothy B. Robertson Martha Kay Roland Dan Ryan Michael C. Savvides Edward B. Snyder Ned Williams Ken Wilson, Jr.










Capital Campaign







The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices.

CONNECTING WITH schools Outreach Visiting the Aquarium is an exciting experience for any class, but sometimes we are lucky enough to take our marine science to their classroom! For students from age 2 & up, we have hands-on programs and live animal experiences that engage students from all over Hampton Roads.

Just this year we taught 745 programs, reached 15,898 students & 3,057 adults. 4


Mudsnail | There are 1,471 mudsnails in the Aquarium’s care, some of which travel to schools for outreach programs.



S.T.E.A.M. Aquariums across the nation, including your Aquarium, are leading the way with programming focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Through S.T.E.A.M., an all-new program, staff has encouraged early learners to investigate and understand scientific concepts from a variety of disciplines. Children explore everything from alternative energy to how the neural pathways in your brain work, all while creating a piece of art to take home.

Duck | Oil & water don’t mix, but that’s a good thing. Ducks have an oil gland at the top of their tails, from which they spread oil around all their feathers.




communit y Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series

From exploring the depths of the Norfolk Canyon with Dr. Sandra Brooke and Dr. Steve Ross, to identifying sea level rise impacts for this region with John Englander, and learning about great white shark conservation and tracking with Chris Fischer, the founder of OCEARCH, we were fortunate to host many renowned scientists and speakers as part of our Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series.



Shark | They’re one misunderstood animal. Luckily, OCEARCH was here to share just how important they are. If the oceans lose their apex predator, the entire ecosystem could collapse.


The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices.

photos courtesy of Reese Lukei


Populations OspreyWatch

The Aquarium partners with the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) to monitor nesting osprey in the Lynnhaven River and beyond. Working

Osprey | The Chesapeake Bay is home to more breeding pairs of osprey than anywhere else. This means we have a lot of nests to cover, and even more juveniles to band.

with CCB staff, the Aquarium conducts trips along the Lynnhaven River to band juvenile osprey and to map and monitor nests. The information gained helps us understand success of nesting pairs, migration patterns, and health of the local population. Research




Humpback Whale Unusual Mortality Event While our Stranding Response Program worked on many species of whales this year, including a deceased minke whale and a newborn sperm whale, the vast majority of our responses were to humpback whales. The volume of humpback whale strandings across the Atlantic coast was declared an Unusual Mortality Event by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with six of the animals stranding along Virginia’s shoreline.

The largest whale we responded to measured 35.4 ft long & weighed about 20.3 US tons!



Humpback Whale | Did you know we curate the Mid-Atlantic Humpback Whale Photo Identification Catalog? Like fingerprints, whale flukes (tails) are unique identifiers for each individual animal.

Two coral larvae recently settled.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND coral SECORE: Successful In-house Coral Reproduction Corals are facing a crisis with increasing water temperatures leading to bleaching, but they have an ally: SECORE. This international organization works to create large scale coral reef restoration by capturing the sperm and eggs of native species and rearing them until they are less fragile for replacement. Thanks to the Batten Fund, senior aquarist Evan Culbertson takes part in SECORE field work. He has utilized a similar process at the Aquarium to encourage the first sexual reproduction of corals in our care.

Coral | Our Cauliflower coral reproduces based on the lunar cycle. They typically release the larvae around the full moon, so we’ve been successful in predicting their release.


The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices.


sea turtles Pier Partner Program

The Stranding Response Pier Partner Program celebrated a major milestone in only its third year: it has rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 100 sea turtles that were hooked by local fishers! Some of the most notable releases this year were Purple Heart, a Kemp’s ridley, that was released by a Purple Heart recipient; Ranger Tan, a Kemp’s ridley, that was released in honor of a fallen soldier by his brother in arms; and Razzamatazz, the 100th rescued Pier Partner turtle.

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Sea Turtle | Only about 1 in every 4,000 sea turtles survives to adulthood. It’s critical to save every one.

CONSERVATION TASTES Good! Sensible Seafood Program The Sensible Seafood Program continues to grow its influence. The program features the always-popular Sensible Seafood Fest, and a new offering: the Craft Brews Cruise presented by Lager Heads! This year’s series included Sensible Seafood partner O’Connor Brewing Company beers aboard the Atlantic Explorer for a boat trip that all of the guests enjoyed!

Blue Crab | If you live in Virginia, in-season blue crabs are a sensible choice. Did you know softshell crabs are blue crabs that have recently molted? Catch this delicacy fast, each softshell has a short window: only a few days!




& Releasing Stranding Response Team

Unfortunately, sometimes marine mammals or sea turtles end up stranded on our beaches. Whether sick, injured, entangled, or deceased, our Stranding Response Team responds. These events provide unique opportunities for scientists to examine animals that can be difficult, or nearly impossible, to study in the wild.

Marine Mammals

10 92

Live responses Deceased responses

Sea Turtles

60 187

Live responses Deceased responses



Rehab patients 42 local turtles; 2 turtles transferred from other facilities; 1 harbor seal transferred out to another facility


Released patients 29 from FY‘17; 8 from previous years

Harbor Seal | The off season means seal season! Seals are one of the many winter visitors that frequent our coastal waters.

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The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices.


#CuteAnimalTweetOff The Virginia Aquarium and the National Zoo took the lead in what became a global trend in mid-January: the #CuteAnimalTweetOff. Zoos and aquariums around the world began sharing pictures of their cutest animals in a race to find the cutest of them all, resulting in worldwide media coverage and a stream full of adorable animals.

River Otter | These playful mammals are known to use rocks to crack open food. Tippy, one of our resident otters, likes to collect them for fun too!

Estimated 140 million impressions and $1.46 million in advertising value equivalency!



Just Hatched


& Surprises Komodo Hatchlings On August 18, 2016, the Virginia Aquarium’s

Kado 2.09 oz Bejo 3.75 oz

Lots of grubs, pinkie mice, and vitamins later...

herpetology staff was in for a huge surprise. Before her passing, Jude laid a hidden underground nest in the exhibit, and two baby dragons incubated and hatched! Kado and Bejo, named in a fun public naming contest, have thrived since birth and are the two newest Komodo dragons at the Aquarium!

Komodo Dragon | These youngins spend most of their time in the trees. Juvenile dragons spend up to two years as arboreal animals before moving to the ground.

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9 Months Old (right picture) Kado 1.47lbs Bejo 1.25lbs



Changing Exhibits This year featured four changing exhibits at the Aquarium, each focused on a different theme. From Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home to Ocean Bound, and Treehouses to Giant Insects, there was something for every one of our guests to enjoy. These exhibits included interactive and educational components relative to the theme. Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home featured the animals’ forest home and outdoor safety. Ocean Bound highlighted the interconnectedness of our waterways. Treehouses looked at the animals that live in the treetops. Giant Insects featured larger-than-life animatronic replicas of the fiercest insects in the animal kingdom. It was exciting to host so many different exhibits,

Eastern Screech Owl | Vocal repertoire includes various screeches (hence the common name), barks, hoots, rasps, and

chuckles. They are the only North American owl to have two distinctive colors, morphs-rufous and grey.

making for a new experience each time guests visited! Animals 15


The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices.



Our Plans for the Future Over the past few pages, you have seen what the Virginia Aquarium has been able to accomplish in a single year. From research and conservation projects to new exhibits and animals, we have a lot of exciting momentum moving forward; and 1 2





we could use your help!


Your support as we launch our public phase of the Capital Campaign will be crucial in creating even more opportunities for growth and success.


The Brock Exploration Gallery






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The Dreyfus Family Jellies Gallery VIEW OF PACIFIC SEA NETTLES

Darden Mid-Atlantic Marine Animal Conservation Center

Marine Animal Conservation Interior more Perspective - Stranding completely change the building, Center making it more exciting, interactive,

A special thank you to our major donors: Jane P.

and more of a destination for our visitors. We will also begin construction on

Batten, Macon and Joan Brock,

the new Darden Mid-Atlantic Marine Animal Conservation Center, an entirely

Joshua P. and Elizabeth D. Darden

In 2018, we will close the Marsh Pavilion for sweeping renovations that will

new facility for our Stranding Response Program’s operations. This building will provide increased space and brand new upgrades unavailable in the

October 2017

Foundation, The Dreyfus Family Foundation, Roy E. Hendrix

current location. We can’t wait to make these improvements; and we want you to be a part of the process every step of the way! Make a donation to our Capital Campaign, check in on the progress through our updates in emails and social media, and stop by to see what’s new. We couldn’t have come this far without you, and our future is looking even brighter with you in it.

Octopus | Easily the smartest invertebrate, they have blue blood and three hearts. Giant Pacific Octopuses, like the one we hope to have in the newly renovated Marsh Pavilion, are nearly 20 feet long!

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Working Together The Virginia Aquarium is a collaboration between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, which is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.


We work together to educate the community and inspire conservation.

ey We l l E a n o M rne d


Admission Revenue




Education Programs


Facility Use & Concessions


Fed/State/Local Grants & Support

3% Operating Revenue & Support Admission Revenue


Education Programs


Facility Use & Concessions


$455,599 *$4,273,001




* $3,158,333 contributed to the Capital Campaign 18



Federal/State/Local Grants & Support



Brine Shrimp (aka sea monkeys) Every one of our 1.6 billion brine shrimp has a purpose just like every dollar. We couldn’t survive without them!

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Contractual Services


Operating Expenditures Contractual Services


Employee Costs




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Other Charges


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Other Charges










Net: $4,227,350

Off the Charts Record Breaking Attendance



people visited in the month of July

people visited in FY17. The most ever!

Record Breaking Facility Rentals







Social Media Milestones Surpassed 100,000 likes Our top post reached 822,000 people

Nurse Shark | Big but not bad. Homer takes the cake for being our biggest/ heaviest animal, coming in at 238 pounds.

News Stories 4,199 stories shared 19

VOLUNTEERS 750+ Hours Ennis Johnson 500–749 Hours Michael Bates Whit Christman Doreen Cote Charles Horton Michael McCarthy Cathy Roberts Kate Rooney Kyle Snell Lori Wilson Paul Winfield 250–499 Hours Charles Aiken Richard Barber George Beach Harold Campbell Becky Catlin Latoya Cherry Marian Childress John Corley


Joyce DeGuzman Paula Demosthenes William Dieffenbach Nancy Dodge Richard Fields Brittney Fleenor Ashley Garnett Craig Grube Shirley Jones John Julcher Bruce Kastel Gail Kynett Noelle Mathies Dennis Meligonis Norma Meligonis Kathryn O’Hara Joan Palombo Haley Posin Joan Redfearn Nicole Riekers Jeffrey Rolka Patricia Rozanski Janet Schroeder

Shirley Shepherd Neil Stamm Ann Stern Carolyn Stoneman Desiree Velasco James Weatherall Anne-Mary Werne Sandy Wood Anna Wood Sandra Yon John Young 150–249 Hours Salma Abdel-Raheem Gary Ambrose Jamya Atkins Larry Banks William Bernstein Emelie Besgrove Brooke Blosser Emily Borg Maggie Bowman-Runnells Mary Brandtner Gregory Brown

Michelle Brown Eric Burke Johanna Burton Duncan Campbell Gianni Campellone Eileen Cobb Megan Collier Suzanne Compitello Lynn Corbin Elizabeth Covington Haley Danielson Brian Deal Shannon Dinkler Sarah Dixon Carol Dobbins Kathryn Dozier Michael Dray Kathy Duckworth Hannah Duliere Jessica Elleman Roseann Fitzpatrick Elaine Foley David Foote

David Foreman, Jr. Andrew Given, Jr. Megan Glasier Robert Gormley Sayda Guerra Bailey Harkins Dan Heigl Jonathan Hines Melissa Hixson Louis Hughes Shannan Hurley Angela Kennedy John Lambert Frank Lang Nancy Lang Samantha LaPlant Andrew Larson Bailie Lavan Patricia Lickun Zachery Lighthart Emma Loveland Olivia Marable Kyle Martin

Anne Martin George Matt Shawn McCarren Iain McKaig Logan McKay Noah Meyers Kaleigh Miller Robin Mireles Michael Mongin Jessica Monty Alison Morin Oxana Musolino James Naughton Alyssa Naylor Linda O’Connor Hannah O’Kelly Allan Parker Michael Peele Howard Potas Richard Pound Rachel Remington Brandon Rice Jean-Paul Richard

Terry Ritter Daniel Rivers Tanner Roan Chloe Robertson Anthony Rodriquez Sharon Ross Jacob Rush Kieran Ryan Timothy Ryan Leon Ryder Elena Sanchez Kathleen Sarraino Michael Schroeder Jean Schroy Carola Shannon Evelyn Sheipe Erika Sly Margie Smith Josephine Sprague Lindsey Stanley James Stefaniak Miranda Stern Sue Stoudnour

Barbara Van Heest Rachel Wadsworth Patrick Walker Mary Wilkinson John Wittmann Ronald Wright

Cownose Ray | A group of cownose rays is called a fever. A group of Aquarium volunteers is called a party.


EVENT SPONSORS Commotion in the Ocean Title Sponsor Capital Group Gulf Stream Sponsor Gold Key | PHR Chesapeake Bay Sponsors BB&T - James River Region

First Team Auto Group

Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Golf Classic

Hoffman Beverage Company

Mass Mutual Financial

JD Miles & Sons, Inc.

Mayor Will & Bev Sessoms

Title Sponsor

Old Point National Bank

McPhillips, Roberts & Deans

Optima Health

Noah Enterprises, Inc.

PRA Group

Thomas & Kathryn O’Hara

Premier Events, Inc.

Palladium Registered Investment Advisors

The Port of Virginia

PRA Group 19th Hole Sponsor Hoffman Beverage Company Beverage Carts Sponsor Noah Enterprises, Inc. Chipping Game Sponsor

Pure Paradise Water of Virginia Beach

Q.E.D. Systems, Inc.

Tidewater Home Funding, LLC

Southern Trust Mortgage

The Windward Foundation

TFC Recycling

Owls Creek Sponsors

Waypoint Advisors

360 IT Partners

Media Sponsor

Beach Ford

Atlantic Bay Mortgage

Inside Business

CCP Commercial Real Estate

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Oyster Reef Sponsor

Checkered Flag Motor Co.

Burton Lumber Corporation

Altmeyer Funeral Home

Summs Skip and Collateral Solutions

Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated

Endurance IT Services

Fraim Family Foundation

Putting Green Sponsor

Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy

Marlyn Development Corporation

Williams Mullen Rudee Inlet Sponsors ABS Technology The Alcaraz Fisher Justis Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

FCI Towers


House of Printing

Audrey & John Settle

Taylor’s Do-It Center Closest to the Pin Sponsor Optima Health RK Auto Driving Range Sponsor Tidewater Home Funding Golf Cart Sponsor

The Fain Family Hole in One Sponsors Beach Ford

Norfolk Marine Lunch Sponsor Lionheart Limited Dinner Sponsor Black Angus Restaurant Hole Sponsors 360 IT Partners Capital Concrete Hampton Roads Financial, LLC Clarence A. Holland Marathon Consulting, LLC Dr. Thomas O’Hara, DDS & Dr. Patrick Grube, DDS Olympia Development Corporation TR & Kathleen Reed Sinnen-Green & Associates Tidewater Fleet Supply Virginia Beach Travel & Tourism Foundation Web Teks

Sensible Seafood Fest Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank Clam Level Sponsors Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy Bob & Leslie Fort Hoffman Beverage Company PRA Group Tidewater Home Funding The Williamsburg Winery Shrimp Level Sponsors Beach Municipal FCU Hap & Becky Chalmers Clear Springs Food, Inc. Fraim Family Foundation Gold Key I PHR High Liner Foods, Inc. H.M. Terry Company Anne G. Kellam Noah Enterprises, Inc.

The Oceanfront Inn Dr. Thomas O’Hara, DDS & Dr. Patrick Grube, DDS Sam Rust Seafood In-Kind Support Cavalier Sportswear Natural Organic Process Enterprises (NOPE) O’Connor Brewing Co. Sodexo at the Virginia Aquarium TFC Recycling Whitlock The Williamsburg Winery

Brews Cruise Series Presenting Sponsor Lager Heads Supporting Sponsors Hoffman Beverage Company O’Connor Brewing Co.

Jellies | We house the largest known species of jellyfish, the lion’s mane jelly. Just like our sponsors, they’re a big deal.

Wolcott, Rivers, Gates


DONORS Capital Campaign Donors


Marietta McNeil Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust

Tina E. Sinnen

Napolitano Family Foundation

Michael & Elizabeth Wagner

Bradley Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Family of Donald H. Patterson, Jr.

Doctors Samantha & Kurt Wetzler

Dan Peterson

Tom & Betty Broyles

Glen & Nikki Williams

Dan & Nancy Ryan


The Dreyfus Family Foundation

The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

John E. Settle, Jr. & Audrey Settle

Liz & Max Bartholomew

Roy E. Hendrix

Bob & Leslie Fort

SunTrust Bank


Tommy & Julie Fraim, Jr.

Midge Tinney

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Helen G. Gifford Foundation Ann W. Host

Virginia Aquarium Volunteer League

TowneBank Foundation

Mike & Mariah Standing

Virginia Natural Gas


Williams Mullen Foundation

Frank Wagner

Commonwealth of Virginia


Christina & Lee Westnedge

John & Joyce Fain, The Fain Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Bank of America

The Windward Foundation

The Family of Chris & Courtney Graves


Dorcas Helfant-Browning

Mr. & Mrs. David C. Burton

Hoffman Beverage Company

Michelle Collins

John F. Malbon

Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Cuffee

Alan & Susan Nordlinger

Sal & Maureen DaBiero

Siebert Realty

Kelly & Mike Disharoon

Beaven & Mary Walker Smith

Lin & Susan Earley

TFC Recycling Perks

Lynne & Paul Farrell

William & Sandra Warden

Morris Fine

Eleanor & Henry Watts

Peter & Roseann Fitzpatrick

Thomas & Joan Lyons


Tom & Dianne Frantz

McLeskey Family Foundation

A Dolphin’s Promise

Bert Burr Henderson, IV

Norfolk Southern Foundation

Betty Barco In Memory of Kayo Barco

Esi Waters Langston

$1,000,000+ Jane P. Batten Macon & Joan Brock Joshua P. & Elizabeth D. Darden Foundation

$100,000–$249,999 Aquarium Connection Frank & Aimee Batten, Jr. Dominion Energy Lee & Leslie Entsminger GEICO Craig & Susan Grube Floyd E. Kellam Jr. Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Oceanfront Inn/Vakos Family

BB&T Charitable Fund of the Winston Salem Foundation

Beach Ford

PRA Group

The Branch Family

Alison J. & Ella W. Parsons Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Douglas & Marianne Dickerson

Mary Morton Parsons Foundation

Mollie & Kyle Korte

The Patricia & Douglas Perry Foundation

J. D. Miles & Sons, Inc.

Michael & Becky Sifen John O. & Susan Wynne


Paul & Susan Hirschbiel Clancy Holland Cory D. & Allison K. Mayo

Richard & Sandra Burroughs

Charlene & Russell Turner

Michael & Erin Culpepper Gary Finkbeiner John & Susan Gill Kirsten & Andrew Hodge Ellen & Kenny Keeter Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. McCabe, Jr. JT & Dawn McDonald Anne & Chris Rusbuldt Kim & Todd Savage Bert & Missy Schmidt Willie & Kim Shepherd Beaven & Mary Walker Smith Mark & Lucy Swingle Ray Toll Cathie J. Vick Kim Wheeler Ned & Nancy Williams Ken & Nancy Wilson Chas & Anne Wright Under $1,000 Rendy Adams

Pete Leddy & Otto Design

Marian Childress In honor of Susan Barco In honor of Peter Weed

John P. Matson

Cecil & Anne Cutchins

The McNicholas Family

Robert Leipold

Shewling Moy

Kieran & Christopher Poulos

Jane & Charles Purrington

Price Wheeler

Mac & Jean Rawls

David Williams

Reverend & Mrs. Robert J. Robertson, III

The Miles Agency

Shirley Shepherd In memory of John Shepherd

Elly & Richard Mladick

David Sims

Planned Gifts Lynn & Carl Clements, Lynn’s Legacy Robert H. & Nancy T. DeFord B & B Dieffenbach Thomas E. & Sharon Fraim Craig Grube Karen Hines Wiley & Marshale Mitchell Edward & Jean Snyder Lynn’s Legacy Joan Barns Kirk V. & Jeanette Brammer Barbara Chapman Deborah Connor

Fain Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation Bob & Leslie Fort New England Aquarium Norfolk Southern Walmart Corporate Giving Eleanor & Henry Watts Wells Fargo Foundation Youth Foundation Service Club of Virginia Beach $2,500−$4,999 B.M. Stanton Foundation Carrie S. Camp Foundation, Inc. Dickerson Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Robert H. DeFord, Jr.

Tidewater Home Funding, LLC

ExxonMobil Foundation Tommy & Julie Fraim, Jr.

United Way South Hampton Roads

Tom & Dianne Frantz

Andrew & Ann Vakos

Dorcas Helfant-Browning

Virginia Aquarium Volunteer League

Bert & Jennifer Henderson Katherine Hines

Samantha & Kurt Wetzler $500−$999

Shirley Jones

Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union

David Kaufman Ellen Keeter Benjamin & Constance Klemanowicz Pete Leddy & Otto Design John P. Matson

Alexander & Eleanor Campbell Claire Floege Ian P. Goodwin Paul & Susan Hirschbiel Gerald & Jean Jaffe

The Miles Agency Shewling Moy

Savannah Kaylor

Craig & Sue Grube, Schwab Charitable Fund

John Jay & Ola Hill Krueger Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Kathryn O’Hara

Gregory & Mary Beth Marshall

Page H. Kiniry

Clarence A. Holland

Allan Parker

Douglas B. McConnell

Pure Paradise Water of Virginia Beach

Cheryl McLeskey

Richard Puckett

Jeff & Alley Moore

National Geographic Society

Carolyn & Robert Robertson


Lisa Renz


Safari Ltd.

Jane & Charles Purrington

Cynthia Spanoulis

PRA Group

Justine Shields

Christopher Rusbuldt

Martha Kay Roland

Anne Shumadine

Savor, LLC

Wasserhund Brewing Company, LLC


Bert & Missy Schmidt

David Stockmeier & Connie McKenzie

Laura & Jim Schmidt

Donna J. Ellis Michelle Joyner

Annual Donors $50,000+

Wiley & Marshale Mitchell

City of Virginia Beach



Audrey & John Settle, Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund

Kevin & Abby Sweeney

Betty G. Barco

Tidewater Fibre Corp

Anonymous GEICO Philanthropic Foundation Hampton Roads Community Foundation (HRCF) $10,000−$19,999 Hoffman Beverage Company Junior Virginia Beach Garden Club

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

David & Anne Burton The Clark Janis Foundation


Combined Federal Campaign of South Hampton Roads

Lee & Leslie Entsminger

Verizon Foundation Ken & Nancy Wilson

Macon & Joan Brock

Michelle & Richard Collins

Dominion Foundation

Raymond F. Toll, Jr.

Bruce & Lilly Bradley

The Oceanfront Inn Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

Robert & Marion Taylor

SunTrust Foundation

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign

Tomistoma | Greek for “sharp mouth”, little is known about these freshwater crocs. But we do know, without our donors, guests wouldn’t be able to appreciate these slendered nosed beauties!

Sal & Maureen DaBiero


DONORS $150−$499 Rendy Adams

Deborah Stein, Network for Good

Beverly Baird

Keri & Mark Whitfield

Jason Baker

Sandra Yon

Carolyn Barnes Beach Chemical & Paper CFC National Capital Area D. Johnson Electrical Contractor, Inc. Mary Chubrick Marguerite Dickerson Richard & Lynn Epps Melissa Foglia Angela Fuentes Ellen Guidry Meeta Gupta Sanci Hall Susan & James Herod Anne Kellam Edward & Anne Kramer Kroger Sheila Magula Karolyn S. Masters JT & Dawn McDonald Sis & Monroe Nash Memorial Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation Vincent R. Olivieri John & April Ozmore Pick-n-Pull Auto Dismantlers The Pool Guyz Anthony Russo Shady Grove United Methodist Church Pamela Sheffield Emily Shubert Patrick L. Shuler Susanna Skovgaard William Spicuzza, Norfolk Southern Corporate Trust Merlin & Rita Statzer


Philanthropic Members Whale Dale & Barbara Darr Brian Gallatin Gerald Jaffe Colleen Roach Larkin Gregory Marshall Jack D. Neal, Jr. David Sims Keri & Mark Whitfield Dolphin Michael D. Minter Seal Jason Baker Vasilisa Bingham Hap & Becky Chalmers Michael Lyons Brian Reynaldo Stingray Vicky Banta James Randolph Bellamy, Jr. Virginia Dill Spring Donahue Jamie Fiske Barbara Ford Jeremy Frink Anthony Garcia Beverly Grover Rita Hamm Jennifer Harris Christina Haymes Edward Hewitt Elizabeth Jones Suzanne Jones John Kirby

Alan Kunkel Cecile Lethem John Liddington Reese Lukei Gary Mintz Julie Nguyen Melissa Noerr Cathryn Perry Kittipong Prakalapakorn Kenneth Proud Catherine Robinson Brenton Rodgers Meredith Rose Christine Routszong Bradford Sauer Matthew Schorr Ellen Seniuk Tom Tye Barbara Unkle Lori Vanscoy Charlee Vees Erika Waters Angela Webb Tracy Wright

Aquarium Connection Members Tami & Charles Aloisa Sarah & Will Beasley Michael Breitkreutz Bryce Burton Krista & Brandon Costa Erin & Michael Culpepper Victoria & Phillip Dietz Kelly & Michael Disharoon Katrina & Hunter Dorroh Cameron & Walker Dorroh Abby & Charles Epes Sarah & Bryce Fargusson Blair & Mike Fine Whitney & Jeff Fritz

Sherry Lyn & Michael Furchtenicht Alyson & Fred Hughes Courtney & Andrew Kellam Patrick Kilhenny Sheri & Eric Lohman Amy Marino Kara & Hunter McCaa Michelle & Steve McNaughton Sherri Miles Maria Kitchen Moore Kieran & Chris Poulos Jennie & William Rawlings Tiffany & Dereck Russell Christie Sheats Kim & Willie Shepherd Traci & Brad Shoemaker Maggie Simmons Allison & John Watson Christina & Lee Westnedge John White Dusty Williams

In loving memory of Charlie Seidel, our decoy carver-in-residence for 30 years.


It's All Connected | Virginia Aquarium Annual Report FY16-17  
It's All Connected | Virginia Aquarium Annual Report FY16-17