Tonight’s Feiro auction raises funds, celebrates youth

Ella Ashford

Ella Ashford

SEQUIM — Feiro Marine Life Center will host its annual fundraising auction, 2023 Making Waves, at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

The auction will be at the Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course, 1965 Woodcock Road, Sequim.

To purchase tickets, go to https://feiromarinelife center.org/waves/.

Amid a capital campaign for a new facility, this event raises funds for ongoing education and citizen science programs.

The featured speaker, Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., retired Disney Parks executive and former board chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, will address “Embracing the Mission of the Future.”

The event also will honor area students with the Feiro Family and Robert J. Campbell scholarship awards.

Feiro Family Scholarship awardee Kellen Garcelon is a senior at Port Angeles High School. He has been volunteering in animal care at Feiro Marine Life Center, which is on the City Pier in Port Angeles, since December.

He participates in Running Start with Peninsula College and made the President’s List and Honor Roll for the winter quarter. He is an avid fisher and plays team sports, including tennis and varsity baseball.

Ella Ashford is being awarded the Robert J. Campbell scholarship for the second year in a row. Ashford is a dual major in environmental science and archeology at Willamette University.

Hailing from Port Townsend and inspired by an exhibit at Feiro, she launched the underwater robotics team at her school, which went on to rank internationally in competition.

She continues to utilize her underwater robotics skills to find and remove derelict crab pots in Jefferson County, and recently received a NOAA Ocean Exploration Education Grant to work with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary to engage youth on Washington’s west coast in MATE underwater robotics competition and crab pot recovery field work.

Ashford will participate in National Science Foundation-funded research using remote sensing to uncover possible archaeological sites of interest in Greece this spring.

Making Waves is supported by Angeles Millwork & Hartnagel Building Supply, Country Aire Natural Foods, Koenig Subaru, Wilder Auto, Stephen Methner – State Farm Insurance and Ruddell Automotive.

For more information, contact Linty Hopie, development director, at linty@feiromarinelifecenter.org or 360-670-1059.

Kellen Garcelon

Kellen Garcelon

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