Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation (DISLF) supports the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in its mission, “to provide wise stewardship of the marine environment through education and research”. The foundation provides funds to sustain the activities of the Sea Lab and promotes awareness of the Sea Lab and its environmental issues. The Foundation is also continuing to build the George C. Crozier Endowment as well as the DISLF Endowment for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The Foundation, established in 2004, is overseen by a governing board, which currently has 29 members. An advisory board to the governing board was established in 2011 and consists of 28 non-voting members. Executive Director, Helene Hassell, has served as director since 2010. The Foundation raises funds and promotes the Sea Lab through various means.

Cocktails with the Critters

The primary fundraising event for DISLF is “Cocktails with the Critters” (CWC) which is held each year the first Thursday in May. It is an exciting band party with a wildly successful silent auction. Income for CWC is realized through sponsorships, ticket sales and the silent auction. The event has grown in popularity over the years. In 2016, its twelfth year, there were over 500 in attendance.

The 2018 Cocktails with the Critters is set for May 3. 

2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Signature Sponsors
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Trustees
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Event Sponsor
Alabama State Port Authority
ASF Logistics
Ben May Charitable Trust
Ken and Mary Ellingwood
Five River Delta Safaris
Mobile Big Game Fishing Club
Saunders Yachtworks Foundation

Alabama Power
BBVA Compass
Clark Personnel
Dauphin Island Marina
Charlene and John Dindo
Galati Yacht Sales
Hancock Bank
Hand Arendall
Harbor Financial
 Lexus of Mobile
David and Tomi Sue Mayer
Meador Warehousing
Mobile Dermatology
Mott McDonald
Oakworth Capital
Personal Edge Fitness
Rayford and Associates
Thompson Tractor
UJ Cheverolet
Walcott Adams and Verneuille

Bay Steel
Preston and Sage Bolt
Carpe Diem
Angie and Tom Gaillard
Lisa and Travis Goodloe
John and Erin Goodloe
Gwin's Printing
Cele and Rusty Hudgens
Langan Construction Company
Long's Personnel
Jefferey Luther
Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Lyons
Lori and Ken Metzger
Mobile Ship Chandlery
National Bank of Commerce
Noblet Family Dentistry
Dave and Sally Pearsall
Southern Light
WB Shedd
Riley Boykin Smith
Susan and Chris Smith
Charles and Victoria Stapleton
Erin Wheeler
Wilkins Miller

Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the sixth annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, November 7 Featuring Dr. Carl Safina.  The Luncheon will be at the Riverview Hotel from 11:00 to 1:00.  Click here to download the form to nominate a candidate for the 2017 Award.  

Who is Dr. Carl Safina?

Dr. Carl Safina works to show that nature and human dignity require each other. His recent works probe the ways in which our relationship with the natural world affects human relations, and how the scientific facts imply the need for moral and ethical responses. 

Safina, who has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University, is the author of more than a hundred scientific and popular publications. Dr. Safina is also the author of numerous notable award winning books such as, “Blue Ocean,” “Eye of the Albatross,” “Voyage of the Turtle,” and Safina’s chronicle of the Gulf blowout, “A Sea in Flames” which was released on April 19, 2011 on the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Dr. Safina is founding president of Blue Ocean Institute and is adjunct professor at Stony Brook University  Safina is a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pew Fellow in Marine conservation, an Utne Reader visionary, and a recipient of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal, among other honors.

Friends of the Sea Lab

The Friends of the Sea Lab basic level memberships only cost:

$50 for individual, $30 for students and $100 for families, for this you will receive:

  • Free Estuarium admission for one full year
  • 15% discount in the Gift Shop
  • Subscription to Skimmer, the electronic newsletter of the Estuarium and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
  • Membership card and decal
  • Invitations to DISL special events

Friends of the Sea Lab Online Form

Download Friends of the Sea Lab Form

You might also want to consider giving gift memberships to Friends for your family and friends.  We will send them a letter acknowledging you along with their new decal and membership card letting them know you were thinking of them.

Gain more benefits with supporting levels such as:

Seahorse • $250

  • "Friend of the Sea Lab" benefits for family
  • 4 guest passes, good for one-time entry

Skate • $500

  • "Friend of the Sea Lab" benefits for family
  • 10 guest passes, good for one-time entry

Starfish • $1000

  • "Friend of the Sea Lab" benefits for family
  • Recognition in DISL Foundation Media

School of Fish • $2500+

  • Starfish Benefits and Recognition on the Donor Wall
  • Tickets to Special Events

All memberships last one year from the date of purchase.

Contact DISL Foundation

Executive Director
Helene Hassell 
(251) 605-6624