2013 NMSF Leadership Awards Dinner

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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:

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

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