Cape Gazette

Ninth MERR Finraiser a success

Dec 12, 2013
Executive Director Suzanne Thurman talks about Shamrock, a seal who was entangled in fishing line, rescued and released.

Approximately 100 guests turned out at the Lewes Yacht Club Nov. 23 to support the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute. About 40 volunteers helped behind the scenes to organize a silent auction and a live auction, which together raised $15,500.

MERR is Delaware's only authorized stranding response organization for marine mammals and sea turtles. To become a member, donate or volunteer, go to

MERR's on call vet Dee Holm with Haven Lake Animal Hospital in Milford attended the fundraiser. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Celebrity sommeliers were Terry Plowman and Betsy Reamer pouring wines donated by Teller Wines. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Patty and Dr. Tom Shreeve of Lewes enjoy the festive event. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Silent auction items drew lots of interest. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Volunteers manned the MERR-chandise booth at the auction. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Education is a large part of MERR's purpose. This display shows of past successes and presents bones of mammals who didn't fare as well (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
33 1/3 played for the hundreds of attendees. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Gregg Rosner passes through the crowd with the official Mermaid quilt hand pieced by Donna Ferragut and co-designed by Thurman's daughter, Carly, was a hot item at the live auction. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Kara Okonewski, MERR volunteer passes through the crowd with Kevin Fleming's donation of a Grey Seal. (Photo by: Deny HOweth)
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