David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota, presented the donation check to Mote President and CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby and Marine Veterinary Research Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Abe Robinson on Monday, June 9 at Mote on City Island, Sarasota.
This is the second year that the Orioles’ “Go Green” Day has supported Mote’s hospitals for dolphins, small whales and sea turtles. During this charity fundraiser, which takes place each year during Major League Baseball spring training, the ballclub auctions off game-worn green caps to benefit an environmental organization in the Sarasota area.
“The Orioles have proudly supported Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle, dolphin and whale hospitals through our green cap auction because we share the institution’s deep concern for our marine environment,” Rovine said. “We understand that what Mote learns from caring for these animals can affect the way people treat our environment – and how our environment affects us.”
Mote’s animal hospitals have treated 70 dolphins and whales since 1992, along with 450 sea turtles since 1995. As a nonprofit, Mote depends a great deal on the support of donations and grants from local communities to continue its excellent animal rescue and health care operations, especially as federal funding for these important programs has been reduced significantly in recent years.
Learn more about Mote’s animal hospitals by visiting www.mote.org, scrolling over “Aquarium” and clicking on “Animal Hospitals.”