ConocoPhillips Alaska Makes Match Challenge to Alaska SeaLife Center
August 31, 2020

Seward, Alaska (August 31, 2020)The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has been granted a generous dollar-for-dollar matching donation up to a total of $250,000 from ConocoPhillips Alaska.

ASLC is continuing a fundraising campaign that started in July to offset the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week the Center announced meeting the initial $2 million campaign goal to avoid permanent closure. Despite this success, ASLC’s financial need has not gone away, and the Center is still fighting for long term survival in the face of uncertainty.

“The outpouring of support has been amazing, and we are no longer looking at a situation where we could close permanently this fall. Thanks to ConocoPhillips Alaska, we are excited to transition into a new campaign phase where supporters have the opportunity to ensure we are able to do more than just barely survive,” said President and CEO Tara Riemer. “Mission programs like education, research, and wildlife response need financial support to continue operations through the offseason.”

The ConocoPhillips Alaska donation is a matching donation, which means they will match the next $250,000 that the Alaska SeaLife Center is able to raise. Memberships and other donations are eligible for this match through the month of September or until the $250,000 is reached.

“We have supported the Alaska SeaLife Center for more than 20 years,” said Joe Marushack, President of ConocoPhillips Alaska. “We greatly value the close relationship we have with the Center and with this match challenge and donation, we look forward to helping the Center continue with their mission of serving Alaska’s marine research, education and wildlife response programs.” 

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