The Alaska SeaLife Center opened in May 1998 following many years of fundraising and planning. Like many nonprofits, the Center had a committed and energized board of directors, a well-honed staff, and not enough cash to conduct programs needed to complete its mission.
In May of 2000, key staff resigned just six weeks shy of a major fundraiser designed to showcase the Center to key donors, Washington lobbyists and congressional representatives. Quite simply, I helped the Center stage a successful fundraising event in just five short weeks. I worked on the event for two years during which time more than $160,000 was raised each year.