Masquerade Mermaid Ball Fundraiser

November 8, 2019 @ 6:00PM — 11:00PM

The Masquerade Mermaid Ball will be the inland ocean gala of 2019. Held in beautiful downtown Boulder, Colorado, we will celebrate our connection to the ocean and highlight that we can all make a difference, no matter where we live.

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There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.

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You don’t have to see the ocean to protect it. Inland states should have a voice in ocean protection since what we do inland has a direct impact on the sea—think about what we eat, the energy we use, and how we take care of our rivers and creeks, which all lead downstream to the ocean.

Through our chapters across the country, we engage political leaders, host events, and build inland ocean conservation communities to fight for ocean protection, watershed health, and against plastic pollution. Our chapters are involved in these issues at the local and national levels, helping to grow the inland ocean movement from coast to coast. The ocean is our planet’s life support system, and without a healthy ocean, there will be no us.

Join us for a night of celebration with delicious sustainably-sourced food, drinks, live music, dancing, silent auction, and of course, mermaids! Food will be provided by JAX Fish House, River and Woods, Corrida, Blackbelly, Acreage Farms, Santo, Seattle Fish Company, and Lucky's Bakehouse, with beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Avery Brewing, Vapor Distillery, TRÄKÁL, and Rowdy Mermaid.

VIP tickets include a special happy hour with Congressman Joe Neguse and Lisa Wooninck, Policy Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program.

Attire: Whimsical, oceanic, cocktail.

Online Auction: Be sure to check out our online auction! http://bit.ly/IOCAuction2019


The money raised from this event will support our programs that help build land-to-sea stewardship:

  • Ocean Protection: Ocean protection is at the heart of what we do. Due to recent political changes in the U.S., our ocean is now at risk from offshore oil development, weakening of healthy fisheries legislation that has worked to rebuild and maintain sustainable fish stocks for decades, attacks on our national marine monuments and sanctuaries, and the impacts of climate change. We partner with organizations like Healthy Oceans Coalition, National Ocean Protection Coalition, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy to bring an inland voice to ocean protection.
  • Watershed Health: To protect our ocean we must protect our waterways. We promote watershed health through local creek cleanups, supporting bans on toxic sunscreens and other harmful personal care products, and advocating for reduced use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, and other harmful land use practices. We also look forward to engaging on the next Farm Bill reauthorization, as agricultural practices in the U.S. heartland cause massive dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico each spring and summer, posing a severe threat to coastal economies, fisheries, and wildlife.
  • Plastic Pollution: We combat plastic pollution through campaigns targeting single-use plastics, movements that get to the root cause of plastic pollution, and scientific studies that assess the extent of microplastics in our waterways. We are working with the University of Colorado and other research institutions to assess the presence of microplastics in Colorado headwaters and the urban reaches of Boulder Creek. The long-term goal of this project use citizen science to expand these techniques to a watershed scale model that could one day lead to policy recommendations.

Special thanks to all our wonderful sponsors!