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From Fish Tank Sales to Wedding Favors, Our Donors Find a Way to Protect the Ocean They Love

Posted On November 13, 2012 by

R. Patrick Donston

For more than 40 years, Ocean Conservancy has been hard at work keeping the ocean healthy to keep us healthy. But none of that work would have been possible without the generous support of our many donors.

Who are the people who help us protect our valuable marine resources for generations to come? They’re people just like you.

Here are just a few of the Ocean Conservancy supporters who make our work possible:

R. Patrick Donston, Clifton, NJ, owner of Absolutely Fish

R Patrick Donston raised $5,000 for Ocean Conservancy during an Earth Day promotion at his store Absolutely Fish.

What moves you to act for the ocean?

Very simply – the animals. For all the hours I’ve spent on aquariums, I have experienced nothing by admiration for the creatures. It’s pure freedom, joy and love. It’s a spellbinding wilderness in our homes. It’s a great educational tool, too. I bring people closer to a world they may never know.

R. Patrick Donston

R. Patrick Donston

What is your hope for the ocean?

Sustainability. Humans need the ocean. We have to share, care for it and understand it.

Why do you support Ocean Conservancy?

I feel Ocean Conservancy has the experience and respect of government to resolve conservation issues.

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Catherine Grace, The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit, Brewster, New York

The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit has supported Ocean Conservancy for more than 20 years. 

What motivates you to speak for the ocean?

The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit

The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit

On a practical level, we cannot live without the ocean – it regulates the fragile balance of our atmospheric temperature and provides critical nourishment for the building blocks of our food system. But its health is also critical for our spiritual well-being; its beauty and wonder stills our souls and humbles us.

What do you wish for the ocean of the future?

That it remains whole, wholesome, healthy and holy, respected and enjoyed by all creatures.

Why do you support Ocean Conservancy?

Your mission statement says it all: you conduct scientific research and educational projects leading to the protection and conservation of our ocean. An individual cannot provide all the wisdom and effort needed to heal our precious planet.

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Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis, Rochester, Minnesota

Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis donated to Ocean Conservancy in lieu of favors at their wedding in Hawaii.

Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis

Ian MacDonald and Lindsey Davis

What moves you to speak for the ocean?

We feel that the ocean is a very critical part of our planet’s ecosystem, and it is rapidly deteriorating. We are strong advocates against overfishing, destruction of coral reefs and the overall abuse our ocean is currently undergoing.

What do you wish for the ocean of the future?

We hope that in the future our children will be able to appreciate the ocean as we have. We want them to know the beauty and power that it holds.

Why do you support Ocean Conservancy?

We know that Ocean Conservancy is a strong voice in the preservation of the ocean and its wildlife. We want to support an organization that has the same beliefs, vision and goals we have for the ocean ourselves.