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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Gala: An Evening to Celebrate Merrill Magowan

The Marine Mammal Center Director of Veterinary Science Dr. Bill Van Bonn celebrates with his wife Anna (on the right) and Center Veterinary Intern Dr. Vanessa Fravel.

The Marine Mammal Center's 14th Annual Gala and Auction was a night to remember. Guests wore festive cocktail attire to spend an evening celebrating the spectacular contributions of Merrill Magowan and his family to the Center. Many people wore various shades of bright orange to acknowledge the Giants' recent exciting wins in baseball.

Merrill Magowan and his wife Cinnie came with many of their family members to honor Merrill as the Center's immediate past Chairman. The festive evening included a special "salute" to Merrill and his incredible life. His brother, Peter Magowan, hosted a fun "$64,000 Question" game show episode to show off Merrill's phenomenal knowledge of all things baseball.

The evening also included a Merrill-themed auction inspired by his life which featured amazing adventures and once-in-a-lifetime treats, such as the opening pitch at the Giants game or a week in Hawaii, Spain or Italy - your choice!

A formal beef dinner, cocktails, live music and a dessert buffet completed the evening. If you missed it this year, join us in 2011 for the next Gala!

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