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   Originating in November 2001, The Friends of the Marine Science Center was organized by a group of like minded volunteers sharing the values that support the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles and shore birds that are treated at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Fl. As a nonprofit, our team of volunteers are an integral part of meeting our mission, and we deeply value the passion and energy that each of our members brings to the Friends of the Marine Science Center. 

   The  Friends of the Marine Science Center is a registered 501 C (3) non-profit group dedicated to assisting the Marine Science Center in fundraising to further their mission of sea turtle and shorebird rehabilitation, conservation medicine; and marine education. 

   All proceeds from our online, event and gift shop sales goes to further our mission. To date, this organization retains it's non-profit status and operates through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers. 

Arlene Deegan, President

   "I feel it is such a privilege to live in a community that is home to this wonderful facility. The Marine Science Center has been a source of education and inspiration to me for over 20 years.  The Staff and Volunteers share a common goal and work hard every day to achieve that. I deeply believe that we all have a responsibility to protect this unique coastal environment and its inhabitants.  I love having the opportunity to be just a small part in supporting The Center."

-Arlene Deegan

   Arlene Deegan has been a resident of Ponce Inlet for over 20 years and became a volunteer member of The Friends Of The Marine Science Center about 12 years ago. After retirement from an office position in the medical industry, Arlene took a more active role in The Friends Group.  Arlene was acting secretary for 4 years and has been President of The Friends Group for the last 3 years.

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