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The Marine Mammal Center's 16th Annual Gala
Cavallo Point Lodge

You're invited to our 2013 Gala! 
 Join us for a night of celebration, inspiration and fundraising!

With decades of rehabilitation experience, we give our pinniped pups expert care, guidance and a helping hand when they need it most. And we give our human pups, during their most impressionable years, the chance to learn, love and be a friend to the ocean and its inhabitants, for life.

"We all want the best for our pups – human and animal!"


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Event Timing

6:00 p.m.

VIP Boat Reception
VIP cocktail reception and wildlife tour of the San Francisco Bay aboard a private yacht. 
Board at the Presidio Yacht Club pier, Horseshoe Cove, Fort Baker from 5:30 p.m. We will be leaving promptly at 6:00pm
(the pier is on the waterfront, opposite Cavallo Point; Shuttles provided from Cavallo Point to pier)

7:00 p.m.
Wine & Hors D'oeuvres Reception
Mission Blue Chapel, Cavallo Point

8:00 p.m.
Seated Dinner, Speakers & Fundraising
Mission Blue Lawn, Cavallo Point

10:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Dessert & Dancing
Mission Blue Chapel, Cavallo Point


 Auction Packages & Fund-a-Need

Hawaiian monk seal photo for Endangered Species ChocolateHawaiian Monk Seal Heaven

Pack your yellow polka dot bikini and get ready for luxury! This tropical package includes five nights in an ocean-view room at the extraordinary Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai, in Kona, HI, courtesy of Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai. Best of all, you'll receive an exclusive tour of the future home of The Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian monk seal facility, Ke Kai Ola, led by a scientific member of the Hawaiian monk seal recovery team!

Dates subject to availability. Some blackout dates are possible.

Package value:  $10,000


Lous Seal & Frannie the Fur Seal on Marine Mammal Day 20Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Love seals? Love the Giants? Well then, this package is for you! Includes four lower box seats to the Monday, June 17th Giants vs. Padres game! And two of you will have the ride of your lives – with our favorite Seal-ebrity – Lou Seal, the Giants’ mascot! If the game and the ride don’t offer enough memories, you’ll also take home some special mementos: a Buster Posey autographed baseball, an MVP bobble head and a 2012 World Champion Replica Ring!

Package Value: Priceless!


Golden Gate Empress YachtAmerica’s Cup – on your own private yacht!!

An afternoon of pure delight – you and 29 of your closest friends will board the beautiful new Golden Gate Empress Yacht and set sail for the front lines of America’s Cup. Enjoy delicious gourmet appetizers and bottomless cocktails while cruising the Bay during this three hour excursion. Aboard the Empress Yacht you’ll have prime viewing of the races, so bring you camera! You won’t want to miss this!

Date to be negotiated with Empress Yacht owners.

Package Value: $10,000 (minimum bid)


Benson Beatles book cover 4 A Piece of Pop Culture History

Did you know that the Beatles loved marine mammals? Neither did we, but we couldn’t pass up this offer, and you won’t want to either! Internationally acclaimed photographer Harry Benson has captured the most iconic figures of our time, from world leaders to the biggest celebrities. Add to your collection this 17” x 22” Beatles print, complete with collectible book. Donated by his daughter, Tessa Benson Tooley and her husband Tucker Tooley – two of our very committed Hawaiian monk seal advocates!

Package Value: $5,000


Bumblebee - our 2000th harbor sealFund-A-Need

This year, our Fund-A-Need is dedicated to help support all things youth related - pups and  children alike!  You can support our outstanding education program for human children, OR those beautiful and hungry marine mammal children - the pups. Both are critical and both need extra support this year!

Donation categories range from $100 to $10,000… so get your paddles ready and let’s make 2013 a banner year for our pups!

Click here for a PDF of the Auction items and Fund-a-Need.

 Event Details & Parking

  • Tickets: Regular Ticket - $350 per person / VIP Ticket - $500 per person VIP TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!
  • Sponsorship: Sponsorship packages start at $2,500 and VIP packages start at $5,000. For more information please contact Cheryl Reiss at  / 415-754-4052.
  • Attire: Cool cocktail with a splash of ocean blue. (Flat footwear STRONGLY ADVISED to board yacht).

  • Location: Cavallo Point: The Lodge at the Golden Gate, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA 94965. Click here for directions and a map.
  • Parking: FREE valet parking at Cavallo Point.

  • Presidio Yacht Club MapVIP Boat Reception Parking: Please park at Cavallo Point. The Empress yacht will be leaving the pier outside the Presidio Yacht Club at 6:00pm PROMPTLY. We will shuttle guests to the pier and back to Cavallo (it's a very short trip). However you can also park near to the pier.
  • Presidio Yacht Club is located on the waterfront, Sommerville Road, Horseshoe Cove, Fort Baker, Sausalito. Click here for a map.

NOTE: There are various road construction projects in and around Sausalito. Please visit for the latest information about possible traffic interruptions and give yourself plenty of time to get to the event on time.


 Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support!


Humpback Whale  

Wells Fargo


Dawn Saves Wildlife Logo

California Sea Lion

Charles Schwab Logo
Union Bank Logo (color)
Faye and Sandor Straus / Firedoll Foundation

Northern Elephant Seal

Heitz Wine Logo Oracle Logo

Truth Be Told Creative Logo
 Susan Grau
Glen Mathison and
Zoel Fages

Pacific Harbor Seal

 Bay Benefits PIER 39   PG&E Logo
 Kate's Blossoms Logo Patti Stadlin  

Fund-A-Need Sponsors

Autodesk Logo
Marin Sanitary Services Logo
Lynne Hermle and Craig Collins

Become a 2013 Sponsor!

If you're interested in getting involved in our 2013 gala or want to find out more about becoming a Corporate Partner, please contact Cheryl Reiss at / 415-754-4052. To review the 2013 Gala Sponsorship Pack, click here.

Honorary Gala Committee

Kara Berg Pat Callahan* & David Dee Lee* & Peter Caraher
Linda & Tim Curtis Elaine Genevro* Susan Grau*
Betty* & Bill Hasler Beth Inadomi* & Tim Newell Karen Johnson-McKewan*  & Tom McKewan
Michael Kleeman* Catherine Kruttschnitt* Cinnie & Merrill L. Magowan*
Cecily* & David Majerus Charlot & Gregory Malin Glen Mathison* & Zoel Fages
Sunny & Mark McKee* Lisa Pantages* Mary & Bill Poland
Julie & Martin Richards* Roxanne & Bert Richards Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers & Matt Rogers*
Carrie Schwab Pomerantz Carol & John Simon* Patti  & Dave Stadlin
Lisa Stevens Faye & Sandor Straus* Jean & Phil Warren*
Lucinda & Ted Watson  Executive Director
Jeffrey R. Boehm, DVM

*Board member

Can't attend the gala this year? Please consider making a donation to support our pups!

Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
601 Murray Circle
Fort Baker
Sausalito, CA 94965
United States

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