In the annual volunteer awards ceremony last night at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota, Florida, Mote Marine Laboratory President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby lauded the amazing men and women who donate their time to Mote. Crosby praised Mote Trustee Ron Ciaravella for his 15 years of dedication and generosity with his time, expertise and resources.
Crosby said: “Ron has served Mote in amazing ways during his fifteen years as an active member of our Board, giving freely his time, expertise and resources. As owner of Dolphin Aviation — a name that we like, as a marine research institution — Ron has helped Mote expand our research, education and outreach programs and save time and expense —particularly now, as we’re frequently visiting the Florida Keys to lay the groundwork for our new 19,000-square-foot Summerland Key facility. Many of the fundraising successes for this facility were directly facilitated by Ron’s help. He serves as a great example of our volunteer corps, which collectively saves the Lab millions and allows us to focus on what matters: conservation and sustainable use of our oceans.”
Mote plans to open its new research and education facility on Summerland Key in early 2017. The facility will help Mote expand its international impact in coral reef research and restoration while actively addressing future challenges to the viability of the ecology, economy and culture in the Florida Keys and beyond. (Read Mote’s February story about demolition making way for the new facility.)
Mote Marine Laboratory (https://mote.org) is an independent, nonprofit marine science institution dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans. Mote has 25 diverse research programs that work in oceans around all seven continents, and it has the only Center for Shark Research designated by U.S. Congress. Mote’s annual volunteer awards ceremony last night, Thursday, April 14, honored Mote’s volunteer corps of more than 1,600, especially recognizing 351 volunteers reaching milestones ranging from one year of service to 35 years. Follow Mote on Facebook (www.facebook.com/motemarinelab) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/motemarinelab). Mote’s tag: #MoteMarineLab
Ron Ciaravella has been with Dolphin Aviation (http://dolphinaviation.com/) for over 45 years, starting as a flight instructor and then purchasing Dolphin Aviation in 1979. Since then, Ron has nearly tripled total acreage from nine to 25 acres, multiplied hangar space by a factor of five and quadrupled the number of employees. Dolphin Aviation is an exciting aviation nexus hosting many flight-related businesses including FAA-approved flight schools; aircraft sales companies; a world-class avionics facility; aircraft maintenance and repair shops; helicopter companies; a café and aircraft storage for private and corporate aircraft.
About Dolphin Aviation
Dolphin Aviation, Inc. was founded in 1969 and has been conducting business continuously at its location at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Sarasota, Florida. Dolphin Aviation is an all-round, 24-hour general aviation facility providing a wide range of services to the owners and operators of general aviation aircraft, their passengers and crew. The aircraft vary in size from small privately owned single engine propeller planes to large business jet aircraft and even airline size aircraft. About 75 aircraft are permanently based at Dolphin’s 17+ acre facility[if !supportAnnotations][MSOffice1][endif] . http://dolphinaviation.com/