[MARMAM] SMM Conference Student Travel Fundraiser - Seal Clubbing II: Beachmaster's Ball

Charles Littnan charles.littnan at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 10:43:03 PST 2015

Attention!  Seal Clubbing II: Beachmaster’s Ball is almost here. Time to
get ready!

We are just about one month away from the 21st Biennial Conference on the
Biology of Marine Mammals in San Francisco.  By all accounts this is
shaping up to be an epic conference.  The plenaries look impressive.  The
science is going to be better than ever.  So to keep in line with this high
standard, we are making sure that the student travel fundraiser is the best
party yet.   This is an opportunity to dance, to mingle, to turn off your
brain for a bit, and help support our student scientists.

We have been receiving some emails asking for more information so here is
almost everything you need to know for the party that you can’t miss.

The Venue:  Mezzanine  (444 Jessie St.)

This is a great space with lounge areas upstairs and plenty of room on the
dance floor.  A world-class sound system will ensure the best dance
experience all night.  Best of all, the venue is a 9-minute walk from the
conference hotel!

The Music:  We know you love to dance.  We are bringing on a professional
DJ who has been briefed on the musical wants and needs of our marine mammal
colleagues.  You will be moved to dance!

The Date:  The party is Wednesday Dec 16.  Doors will open at 8 PM and
things are shutting down at 2AM.  That gives you 6.5 hours of sleep before
the Thursday morning poster session.  We are here for sciences so don’t
miss the poster session!

Ticket Prices:  Tickets gain you entry into the party and provide a
long-lasting warm fuzzy feeling that you are helping our next generation of
marine mammal scientists make it to the Halifax conference in 2017.

               Student               $15 (comes with 1 free raffle ticket)

                            Non-Student       $25 (comes with 1 free raffle

                            Raffle Ticket       $2 (or 12 for $20)

The Raffle:  As always we are selling raffle tickets to help raise funds
and give you the opportunity to take home some excellent prizes.  We are
changing things a little this year and having two drawings.  The first
drawing for most of the prizes will be at the party and YOU MUST BE PRESENT
TO WIN.  The second drawing will happen at the closing of the conference
and you don’t need to be there to win.  We will make sure you get your
prize.  So what are the prizes?  Well just to name a few: iPads, GoPros,
gift certificates, schwag from The Marine Mammal Center, tacky marine
mammal items and more!  The more tickets you buy, the better your chances,
and the more students get to travel in 2017!

Where to Purchase:  At this point you are probably asking yourself where
you can get these tickets.  Tickets to the party can be purchased while
registering for the conference.  We will make sure that they are part of
your registration packet when you check in.  Otherwise, we will have a
small station set up near registration where you can purchase all the
tickets you desire.  Cash only!!


1.     Must be 21 years old or older.

2.     Must have valid ID.  For our foreign guests, that means bring a

3.     Dress code.  Don’t wear your field clothes.  Hawaiians, no slippahs
(flip flops).

4.     Drink Prices: Standard prices for San Francisco. Cocktails between
$9-11.  So we recommend a few beverages beforehand and enjoying at least a
couple at the venue (we do have a minimum bar tab we need to reach people!).
Stash away a little extra cash in the next month to make sure you help put
a dent in the bar bill!

Have any questions? Hit us up on the Seal Clubbing II: Beachmaster’s Ball
FB Page!



Charles and Ari
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