The Aquarium of Niagara celebrated 50 years of achievements Friday and presented concrete plans to broaden the public's awareness of aquatic ecosystems through innovative and stimulating exhibits, displays and educational and recreational programs that promote conservation and support research.
"We need to lead by example and do everything we can to support the aquarium," Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said. "Don't be shy about reminding your friends and neighbors that this is your aquarium. We must give what we can to fund their capital campaign and keep this place as a regional wonder."
The Aquarium of Niagara's 2015 "Join our Journey" campaign is designed to bring new and expanded exhibits along with advanced technology to the popular Niagara Falls center.
The celebration included remarks from Executive Director Gay Molnar, board President Richard Torcasio Jr., Assemblyman John Ceretto and Niagara County legislators Jason Zona and Owen Steed.
After presentations were made, everyone watched a California sea lion show with music from the past five decades. Brandy Scrufari from "Star" 102.5-FM emceed the event.
An award was presented to trustee emeritus Earl W. Brydges Jr., who has been with the Aquarium of Niagara from the first day.
The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 363 days a year (every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas). For more information, contact Ilene Strober at 716-285-3575, ext. 203, or email [email protected].
Celebrating 50 years: Aquarium of Niagara Executive Director Gay Molnar with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster.
Molnar with Brydges
Niagara Falls was colored blue Friday night in honor of the Aquarium of Niagara.