Rockies to Reefs
Saturday, September, 21, 2019 from 5-8 PM
Tickets for Rockies to Reefs now on sale here!
Check out the online auction items here (auction is now LIVE - ends on Sept. 21st 7 PM MDT).
Show your love of the ocean by being a part of Ocean First Institute's 3rd Annual Fundraiser!
Ocean First Institute is proud to announce our third annual fundraiser, Rockies to Reefs, taking place on September 21st at the Boulder Municipal Airport. The event brings together local ocean supporters for a wonderful evening of music (featuring By the Lee), food and drinks, auctions, and incredible guest speakers (including scientist, mountaineer, and explorer Dr. Ulyana N. Horodyskyj; and champion freediver, conservationist, and tv personality Mehgan Heaney-Grier), all benefiting the work of Ocean First Institute.
Founded in 2014, Ocean First Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to protect the ocean and imperiled species through scientific research, while also educating youth to take positive action for the environment through community projects and outreach programs. Over the past five years, OFI has inspired over 113,000 students to explore the marine world and make a positive impact for the environment.
Rockies to Reefs is held within the Journeys Aviation hangar, with views of the Flatirons, gliders, and planes. Enjoy incredible live music, vegetarian appetizers (along with organic wines and local beers), a virtual reality diving experience, a silent and live auction, and a short film and program.
Limited tickets are available (buy tickets here). Please note that this event is for people 21 years of age and older.
And even if you are out of town, you can still support OFI by bidding in our online silent auction, no matter where you are, now until Sept. 21st at 7 PM MDT. Check out some of the incredible items here, including trips to Fiji and Cozumel, tickets to the 2020 Folks Festival, photography sessions, and much more!
LOCATION: Journeys Aviation, 3335 Airport Rd., Boulder, CO 80301
DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019
TIME: 5:00-8:00 PM
Your $50 ticket includes:
- Support to Ocean First Institute's local school marine science programs!
- Presentations by Dr. Ulyana N. Horodyskyj and Mehgan Heaney-Grier!
- Vegetarian appetizers provided by Savory Cuisines Catering, TruthfullBites, The Post Brewing Co., and RollinGreens
- Organic wine provided by Integrated Beverage Group
- Local beer provided by City Star Brewing and Redgarden Restaurant and Brewery
- Live music from Colorado duo By The Lee
- Desserts provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Access to exclusive auction items (including a glider ride, skydiving, and sailing lesson!)
- Commemorative 2019 Rockies to Reefs drinkware
Tickets can be purchased here.
Meet the Speakers
Dr. Ulyana N. Horodyskyj is a scientist, professor, mountaineer and explorer. She had traveled to and worked on all 7 continents by the time she turned 23 years old, and founded Science in the Wild in 2016. Dr. Horodyskyj crafted her PhD project on glacial lakes in the Himalaya through the guidance of geophysicist, Dr. Roger Bilham (University of Colorado Boulder) and Everest IMAX film director, Mr. David Breashears. In 2016, Dr. Horodyskyj was chosen as mission commander for the NASA Johnson Space Center’s HERA (human exploration research analog) 30-day isolation experiment, simulating a long-duration mission to an asteroid. She was named one of 120 semifinalists out of 18,354 applicants for NASA’s 2017 astronaut class.
Mehgan Heaney-Grier is a lifelong ocean adventurer with more than 20 years experience working both above and below the waterline. She is an accomplished athlete, professional speaker, marine educator, conservationist, expedition leader, stunt diver and television personality. In 1996, Heaney-Grier pioneered the sport of freediving in the United States by establishing the first U.S. freedive record for both men and women, in the constant weight category. Throughout her eclectic water-based career, Heaney-Grier has performed underwater stunts for Hollywood films such as, Pirates of the Caribbean and Into the Blue; and has been featured in numerous television shows and publications worldwide such as, Life, People and Outside Magazine. Recruited by Discovery Channel, Heaney-Grier was part of an elite team of explorers and starred in their original series, Treasure Quest: Snake Island.
Special thanks to our sponsors!
Thanks to our event sponsors!
And thanks to our silent auction sponsors!
For questions, or interest in tickets or sponsorships, please contact OFI's Director of Outreach at lauren(at)oceanfirstinstitute.org.