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Local Boy Raises Over $1,300 for ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER

Seward, AK - September 17, 2010 - Twelve year old Keefer Brown, of Wasilla, Alaska will present the Alaska SeaLife Center with a donation of over $1,300 which he has raised over the summer.    Dr. Ian Dutton, Alaska SeaLife Center President and CEO, will accept Keefer's donation in a small ceremony on Saturday, September 18th at approximately 11:00 A.M. at the Center.

Keefer first visited the Alaska SeaLife Center on an overnight school visit last year.  Initially, Keefer's goal was to raise $50.00 to "adopt" a harbor seal through the ASLC SeaStars program.  To raise the money he sold candles which he had decorated with items he found on the beaches of Seldovia, such as shells and seaweed.  Keefer spent his time chatting with visitors and tourists alike at the Herring Bay Mercantile in Seldovia and at the Seldovia Harbor ramp selling his candle creations.

Keefer is very passionate about protecting the environment and its wildlife.  His mother, Kim Brown says, "Keefer is a wonderful young man who is always ready with a smile and possesses an unfailing kindness that touches everyone he meets."  In addition to fundraising for the Alaska SeaLife Center Keefer is also very active in Boy Scout Troop 368 for which he proudly holds the rank of Tenderfoot. 

Dr. Ian Dutton, ASLC President and CEO, says, "The Alaska SeaLife Center is honored to accept this donation and to have the opportunity to meet this extraordinary young man.  If Keefer was inspired by our mission, we are equally inspired by him.   Keefer's donation will help us fulfill our mission, which is to generate and share scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems.  We thank Keefer for this amazing effort and recognize not only the donation, but also the time and effort that went into achieving it." 

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems.  For more information please reference the Alaska SeaLife Center website at www.alaskasealife.org.



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