Join us for an evening of celebration, conversation and conservation at the South Carolina Aquarium Conservation Gala. This elegant event unites 400 of our supporters and our region’s top business and civic leaders to honor the Aquarium’s talented team of women in science. The Conservation Gala includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner and awards program and concludes with an after-party featuring the Aquarium’s immersive holiday light spectacular, Aquarium Aglow.
Proceeds from the 2023 Conservation Gala benefit conservation, education and animal care at the South Carolina Aquarium.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine, accomplished scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle is a staunch advocate for and eloquent champion of our ocean. Earle has achieved an impressive number of firsts — including setting the world untethered diving record, descending 1,250 feet beneath the ocean surface; and serving as the first female chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was also National Geographic’s first female Explorer-in-Residence and founded Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, a marine consulting firm. In 2008, Earle founded nonprofit Mission Blue for marine protection, where she is still president and chairperson. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, 32 honorary degrees and has received over 100 national and international honors and awards.