Tampa, Fla. – The Florida Aquarium announced a $1.1 million gift from Thomas Hall in honor of the Aquarium’s Rising Tides Campaign.
Tom Hall has been a longtime supporter of the Aquarium and lead the effort to get the project for Tampa in competition with 31 other cities. He was one of the founding fathers of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the Channel District in the early 1990’s.
While the gift was made in honor of the Rising Tides Campaign, the money will be used to execute the Aquarium’s animal rescue and rehabilitation mission as well as their coral propagation efforts, both passions of Hall’s.
“Tom Hall has been a tremendous leader in the Tampa Bay Area and a great friend to The Florida Aquarium since the very beginning” said Thom Stork, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium. “This generous donation will have a substantial impact on our mission based work, benefiting the community for generations.”
The Aquarium is currently finishing the second phase of their Rising Tides Campaign with the opening of the state-of –the-art Carol and Barney Barnett Learning Center scheduled for early October. Phase III of the campaign will kick off next fall and will include the building of the Mosaic Event Center.
“None of us dreamed The Florida Aquarium would turn out to be the fabulous success it has in revitalizing downtown Tampa, nor would it have the world-class team on board that has accomplished amazing work in marine science education, coral research, rescue, and so many other areas” said Tom Hall. “Some of the team’s work has affected marine science nationally and internationally—and this is an institution everyone in the Tampa Bay area can be proud of. It has made a difference, and the best is yet to come.”
Hall is chairman of Tucker/Hall, Inc., a Tampa-based public relations firm, and of Hall Equity Corporation, a Florida commercial property investment company.
The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Florida Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals representing species from Florida and around the world.