2013 NMSF Leadership Awards Dinner
Every year in June, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recognizes our nation’s ocean heroes at its annual Leadership Awards Dinner. At the dinner, NMSF presents its Leadership Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and NMSF Volunteer of the Year Award. Since 2003, honorees have represented a shared committment to a healthy ocean.
This year's event was held June 4 from 6-10 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
Guests of this black-tie optional, annual dinner included Members and staff of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives; Administration officials; ocean luminaries, scientists, and academics in marine conservation; and representatives from conservation organizations and ocean-related industries.
The Master of Ceremonies was Jim Toomey, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon. At the dinner, NMSF proudly honored three outstanding individuals for their commitment to our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes:
- U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
- Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Lifetime Achievement Award
- Paul Petrich, Jr.
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Volunteer of the Year
The dinner program also included a tribute to the late Senator Daniel Inouye, with remarks by Ken Inouye, the senator’s
View photos from the 2013 Leadership Awards Dinner
Watch the 'blue carpet' interviews
Watch the video tribute to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Watch the video tribute to Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Watch the video tribute to the Volunteer of the Year nominees