Seward Community Foundation Launches Drive for Alaska SeaLife Center
August 5, 2020




Seward, Alaska (August 5, 2020) The Seward Community Foundation (SCF) and Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) are jointly announcing a membership drive to boost ASLC’s local membership base. Starting today, SCF will contribute $25 to the Alaska SeaLife Center for each of the next 100 memberships purchased by Seward and Moose Pass residents. These memberships will also be eligible for a prize drawing.

In July, the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) announced an urgent fundraising campaign to raise $2 million by September 30. Uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, ASLC will not be able to maintain operations of the Center through the winter due to a lack of summer visitor revenues and faces permanent closure if these funds are not raised. SCF is responding to this call for help by motivating local residents to become supporters of the Center through a local membership campaign.

“The Seward Community Foundation is pleased to help the Alaska SeaLife Center while promoting philanthropy within our local community,” said David Paperman, SCF Vice President and Grant Team Lead. “Each new membership is a way to show your support and love of what has become an essential part of the Seward community—a non-profit organization whose very existence relies on the generous support of average Sewardites. Therefore, each ASLC member has the satisfaction of becoming a philanthropist.”

“While we are overwhelmed by the community support over the past three weeks, we still have not met our fundraising goal,” said ASLC President and CEO Tara Riemer. “We are thrilled to have the support of Seward Community Foundation to help reach our dual goals of 5,000 member households and $2 million of overall contributions by September 30.”

ASLC and SCF thank the community members and businesses who have contributed to a prize drawing to be held at the end of the membership campaign. Prizes include:

  • Bear Glacier iceberg kayaking trip for two with Liquid Adventures
  • Two seats at a catered group dinner at Zudy’s with other ASLC supporters
  • Fifteen pounds of halibut from the F/V Chandalar with fall delivery
  • “Life After Death” 15x24 art print by Marissa Amor Art
  • Sustainable eating kit with reusable beeswax wraps, water bottles, straws, and bag

The SCF-sponsored membership campaign will continue until 100 memberships are purchased by Seward or Moose Pass residents. SCF and ASLC hope that this target is reached within two weeks. All levels of new and renewed memberships are eligible, including individual, dual, family, and giving circles. Memberships and gift memberships are available for online purchase at

About SCF

Founded in 2008, the Seward Community Foundation is an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation. SCF’s goal is to support projects that enhance the quality of life for Seward and Moose Pass residents, addressing immediate needs while working toward long-term improvements. To learn more, visit

About ASLC 

Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a 501(c)(3), non-profit research institution and public aquarium in Seward, Alaska. The Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit   



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