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Sun, March 24, 2024
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Westin Hotel & Resort
5951 Silver King Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33914

An afternoon of insight, inspiration & community.

Join us on Sunday, March 24th for the Calusa Waterkeeper Annual Meeting, Fundraiser and Awards Luncheon at the Westin Cape Coral Resort.

Featuring Calusa Waterkeeper Capt. Codty Pierce and Guest Speaker Capt. Benny Blanco, an awarding-winning TV Host, conservationist and fishing guide.

Master of Ceremonies is Fox4 Meteorologist Andrew Shipley and Joseph Bonasia will give us an update on the Right to Clean Water initiative.

Plus hear from our new Executive Director Connie Ramos-Williams, and status of the Safe Waterways Act that Calusa Waterkeeper Emeritus John Cassani helped initiate.

Table sponsors and guests will enjoy

  • Lunch & Drinks
  • Exclusive Auction Items
  • Pre-event meet and greet with our Captains for VIP ticket holders and sponsors

Celebrate Our Accomplishments & Support Our Shared Goals for 2024 and Beyond!

Our Water, Our Future, Ours to Protect
Presented by Manatee & Eco River Tours


All ticket sales are stopped at this time. You can still make a donation. Please contact the event organizers if you have any questions.
$150 General Admission

Includes food, drink and a seat during the programming.

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$250 VIP Experience

Enjoy a personal meet and greet experience with Waterkeeper Codty Pierce, Guest Speaker Benny Blanco, and other special guests. To be held one hour before the main program and includes food, drink and a seat for the main program.

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$2,000 Table Sponsor

Includes 8 tickets total, 2 tickets to the VIP Experience, preferred seating, table signage and recognition in event program and promotions.

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$5,000 MVP Sponsor

Includes 8 tickets, meet and greet VIP experience, preferred seating and headliner recognition in event program and promotions.

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Giving Levels

$60 Sustaining

Contribute to continuing our water and air sampling programs. One test for fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) runs about $60, so our current program of 32 sites is nearly $2,000/month. We perform FIB testing every month of the year. Our ADAM research program runs approximately $4,000/month, deployed for up to 5 months of the year.

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Level Up

We've identified new technology to help advance our ADAM aerosolized toxin research and rapidly confirm the presence of cyanotoxins while in the field. Reaching this goal will cost ~ $8,250. 

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$10,000 Visionary

Contribute at a funding level that would help us reach our complex advocacy goals and move us into position to pursue legal actions aginst polluters. Help seed a CWK litigation fund!

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$5,000 Game Changer

Help supercharge our efforts to implement an advanced source tracing program in chroncially polluted waters such as Manuel's Branch in Fort Myers. We're working on a exciting partnership with professors and students at FGCU which could innovate on new ways to identify sources of bacteria contamination and provide a blueprint to test other waters. An ideal testing regimen would cost ~ $40,000 in the first year.

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$2,500 Innovator

Contributing at this level will support air quality monitoring, testing, research, data and advocacy. CWK developed and designed a novel device called ADAM (Aerosol Detector for Algae Monitoring), which is used to detect and identify aerosolized cyanotoxins from sampling sites in southwest Florida. 

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$1,000 Trailblazer

These funds will support Calusa Waterkeeper’s ongoing Ranger Training Program. CWK trains citizen scientists to collect water samples and advocate for clean water. Currently, there are 50 plus rangers throughout our region, and they are looking to expand this program.

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$500 Advocate

Your funds help support advocacy and action in our fight for clean water. From Lake Okeechobee water releases to toxic pollution in neighborhood estuaries, we inform, educate, and advocate to protect and preserve our waterways.  

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$250 Champion

These funds will support the high cost of lab equipment necessary for water quality testing and air quality monitoring each month throughout the year. 

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$100 Booster

This will help fund ongoing advocacy efforts that support our mission. Calusa Waterkeeper provides advocacy and education to ensure transparency in the fight for clean water.

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