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28 January, 2015

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20 January, 2015

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Over $90,000 raised during PICRC’s 14th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner

On Saturday, January 17th, 2015, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) held its 14th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner at their grounds with hundreds of people attending and a live broadcast at Palau Wave Radio.  The Fundraising Gala Dinner was co-hosted by President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and the Rubekul Belau, who not only co-hosted the event, but donated $2,000.00 and $1,000.00, respectively, to the fundraising event.  As PICRC’s flagship annual event, this is a special occasion for the Board and staff to showcase the institution’s cause and to celebrate its past year’s achievements with partners and supporters.

Over $90,000 were raised through ticket sales and cash donations from individuals, businesses and government.  The funds raised from this event will go into the construction of the new building that would help the Center increase its revenues from facility rental, and enabling it to move one step closer to financial security.   The Center estimates that once the building is completed, it will generate an additional $66,000.00 in income.  This new income source will help the Center become less dependent on grants and subsidies so that it will be in a better position to focus on Palau’s priority research and education needs, rather than respond to grant and donor driven priorities.

According to PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, “All of us at PICRC are speechless with gratitude and awe. It is both humbling and uplifting to witness such a generous demonstration of support from everyone - from individuals, businesses, traditional leaders and both states and national government. The success of our 14th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner is beyond our greatest expectations. The PICRC Board and staff are sincerely honored and grateful for such generous and substantial contribution. This experience has re-fueled and re-inspired us to continually strive to do our best so that PICRC will continue to earn such support.”

 

 

19 January, 2015

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Students from Massachusetts intern at PICRC

Anna Parker and Travis Bouscaren from the United States joined Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) from January 14th until mid-March as interns. Both interns chose to come to Palau because they are inspired about marine ocean research and conservation. Anna and Travis will be working for PICRC Research and Aquarium Department under the supervision of Dr. Alyssa Marshell, a post-doctoral researcher from the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab, University of Queensland Australia. Anna and Travis will assist PICRC researchers and Dr. Marshell on numerous projects investigating the important ecological role of grazing fishes on coral reefs.

Anna is a 2013 graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in anthropology. She then worked at a wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts as a coastal waterbird monitor and a wildlife educator. She came to Palau to work at PICRC because she believes in sustainable solutions to maintain a healthy and balanced world and she hopes to contribute her skills and knowledge to conservation efforts in Palau.

Travis graduated from Phillips Andover high school last spring. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. He decided to take a year off from school and intern in Palau before he proceeds to attend Brown University next year in Providence, RI. He was recruited to play water polo at the University and so he is excited and hoping that experiencing the ocean in Palau will be great training for him. Travis loves being in the ocean water and excited to assist in the marine biology research conducted at PICRC. Although he is new to scuba diving, he is very comfortable in the water and looks forward to gaining valuable experience scuba diving around Palau’s amazing reefs.

Anna and Travis are both excited to be here in Palau and are anxious to explore all the beautiful islands in Palau throughout their time with PICRC team. PICRC is always happy to host interns such as Anna and Travis because of the significant contribution they make to its programs and projects. PICRC continues to attract interns and volunteers from all over the world. For more information about the PICRC’s Research Education and Aquarium Programs, visit www.picrc.org or “Like” PICRC on Facebook.

 

08 January, 2015

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