As families across Canada are celebrating Thanksgiving, staff at Ocean Wise are giving thanks, too. We are grateful to the many people and organizations who stepped up during the Vancouver Aquarium’s time of greatest need.

Here’s a round-up of a few of the amazing and creative community fundraisers that have recently wrapped up.

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Students from VSA Art and Design Studio created a Vancouver Aquarium-inspired postcard pack featuring artwork created by students and teachers. Their efforts raised more than $4,000 for the Vancouver Aquarium!

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Long-time Ocean Wise Seafood partner, Organic Ocean, was one of the first community partners to step up in support of the Vancouver Aquarium. Their limited-edition “VanAqua Pack” delivered Ocean Wise-recommended sablefish, lingcod, halibut and steelhead to your door. In doing so, Organic Ocean raised $2,500 for the not-for-profit Vancouver Aquarium.

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A big part of preserved flower florist, Precious by Flo’s, mission is to support fundraising initiatives that are near and dear to her heart. The Vancouver Aquarium was honoured to be selected by Flo this summer as a recipient of her generosity. Flo raised more than $2,000 for the Vancouver Aquarium through the sale of her beautiful preserved flower boxes. Thank you Flo!

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Here’s something sweet. Chef Jamie Tung owner of Buttermere Patisserie on Main Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown created an ocean-themed cake with 50% of proceeds going to the Vancouver Aquarium. Flavour combinations of this stand-out cake included chocolate, lemongrass, banana, passionfruit and coconut.

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We are in awe of students of Cecilia & Kevin’s music studio, led by student Eddy, who with his studio friends, organized a virtual classical music concert and raised an incredible $6,500 for the Vancouver Aquarium! The concert is posted on YouTube where you can see this talented group of young people play their instruments and talk about why the Vancouver Aquarium is important to them.

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“When I heard that the aquarium could possibly have to close its doors, I knew I had to do something” said young artist Kate Morrissy. The talented Kate took action by selling her paintings and donating proceeds to the Vancouver Aquarium. Kate’s efforts raised an incredible $1,500 towards animal care at the Vancouver Aquarium. Thank you Kate!

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Our youngest supporter may have been five-year-old Daniel who cycled 250 km in one month as part of his “Cycle for the Seas” fundraiser and raised $1,700 for the Vancouver Aquarium. We couldn’t be more humbled by Daniel’s act of kindness and we applaud his dedication to the ocean (we also applaud his parents for taking Daniel for ice cream after his toughest rides).

To learn more ways to support the Vancouver Aquarium, visit www.vanaqua.org/support.

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