Cape Gazette

MERR FinRaiser swims with support

Nov 21, 2012
Photo by: Steven Billups

The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute held its 9th Annual FinRaiser Nov. 17 at the Lewes Yacht Club. This annual event is the most important fundraiser for MERRa to cover operating costs throughout the year. According to MERR Executive Director Suzanne Thurman, the sold-out event “Is very telling of the community support.” The event featured a live and silent auction plus heavy hors d'ouvres and a table full of deserts. Shown at the event are (l-r) MERR Board Secretary Donna Ferragut, MERR Board President Rob Rector and MERR Executive Director Suzanne Thurman.


Local celebrity bartenders Terry Plowman, left, and Kevin Fleming kept the attendees happy. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Ready to start the silent auction bidding are (l-r) Karen Fischer, Ellen Fontana, Bob Fischer and Peter Hansot. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Showing the event brochure with its mermaid mascot are (l-r) Bob and Sharon Edelen and Mike Taylor. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Lewes Mayor Jim Ford was the honorary chairman of the FinRaiser. Ford, center, is shown with wife Teresa and Sen-elect Ernie Lopez. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Shown are just three of the many volunteers who help to make this fundraiser a very popular community event. Shown are (l-r) Tom Kehl, Yolanda Gallego and Cindy Kehl. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Examining a vintage Gibson 12-string guitar in the live auction preview area are Jeff Rodgers and Vivian Taylor. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
New arrivals to the Cape Region, Barbara Dean, left and Fran Vivona-Brock bid on a silent auction item. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Getting a close look at a gift basket at the silent auction are Suzanne Feaster, left, and Nancy Leidy. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Keeping the attendees entertained is local trio 33 1/3. Shown are (l-r) Ben King, Linda Beebe and Terry Stuchlick. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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