Thank You Thursday 1-30-14

We extend a giant thank you to everyone who turned out to help officially launch our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Dorothy Green Room at the January 18th grand opening party. It was a huge success; by the end of the day, 2116 visitors had come through the doors. Thanks first goes to Cirque du Soleil for generously providing free admission for the launch of the exhibit, which was created by Cinnabar’s Los Angeles team.

In addition to the amazing new Watershed Exhibit in the Green Room, visitors were treated to time with a screech owl, a red tailed hawk, assorted reptiles and an opossum, all visiting courtesy of the folks from Inside the Outdoors of Orange County.  

Gary Bucciarelli of UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology brought his California newts and shared a wealth of information about this native species. Kids of all ages made amazing, imaginative crafts thanks to Viki Stathopoulos with Trash for Teaching and Spontaneous Creations.

We appreciated seeing so many special guests, members of the community, local and state officials, and long-time Aquarium supporters.  

A special thanks to state Sen. Ted Lieu for sending us an official proclamation for the launch, presented by Jennifer Zivkovic. We were thrilled to have Dorothy’s granddaughter, Tara Green, help with the official ribbon cutting to commemorate the day.

And last but far from least, notes of appreciation go to our funders who made the redesign of the Dorothy Green Room possible: the Annenberg Foundation and the state’s storm water grant program supported by Proposition 84. Our partnership with Cirque du Soleil continues in February, with their sponsorship of free Fridays at the Aquarium.