Fundraising Events

Ocean Connections is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to inspire conservation leadership and public action for our worlds ocean through education. Join us at any of our upcoming events to learn more and support our cause.


 What:  2nd Annual Meals for Seals

Join us for our 2nd Annual Meals for Seals fundraiser at Highland House! Enjoy an evening of amazing food, conservation cocktails, and incredible ambiance all for a phenomenal cause. One dollar from every entree ordered will be donated to our exceptional animal welfare practices and conservation efforts. You can also pledge your support by participating in our drawings!  You'll even have the opportunity to meet some of our animal ambassadors!

When: Wednesday October 16, 2019: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Where: Highland House Mequon
12741 N Port Washington Rd Mequon, WI 53092







 What: 1st Annual Turn the Tide Gala

Please join us for the 1st Annual Turn the Tide Gala benefitting registered 501(c)3 organization, Ocean Connections! All proceeds for this event directly contribute to the care and welfare of rescued marine mammals for whom we have provided a forever home, our Saving Species initiative, and furthering our commitment to education in the community. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet animal advocate and conservationist, Julie Scardina, as seen on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and various other television programming. Accompanying her will be a plethora of animal ambassadors to assist in raising conservation awareness for a variety of species through hands-on experiences! Limited tickets available!

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019: 4:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Private Lakeside Manor in Nashotah, WI
(location will be provided upon purchase)

$250 = Early Entry and VIP Animal Interactive Experience
Early Entry VIP Tickets include the opportunity to meet our animal ambassadors personally! Special interactive and photo opportunities are yours to enjoy. Meet the animals, our guest speakers and professional animal trainers!

$150 = General Gala Entry
All guests will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, open bar, silent and live auction and animal ambassador program.


Join our Sealabration at Malts for Moana!

Help us celebrate Moana's 3rd birthday at MobCraft Brewery. Moana is a rescued California sea lion that was found stranded in a storm sewer at four months of age and could not survive out the wild. She has found her forever home with us at Ocean Connections and has been educating others about the challenges marine animals are facing. This July she will be turning 3 years old and what better way to honor her than a Summer Sealabration!

We hope you will join us at MobCraft Brewery for delicious food, custom brews, and help us "kick the keg." Along with MobCraft's long list of amazing craft beers and pizza options, we're serving up a specialty Malts for Moana brew! 15% of all sales will support our conservation efforts and we will receive an additional donation if we finish the Malts for Moana keg. Come eat, drink, and be merry for an amazing conservation cause. Hope to see you there!

When: Wednesday July 17th, 2019

Time: 6:00-9:00 PM

Where: MobCraft Brewery & Taproom
505 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Event Contacts:
Brittany Waryjas -
Nicole Ross -



What: South Shore Beach Cleanup

Please join us for our next Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup of the season in conjunction with the Friends of South Shore Park! We truly can make a difference in the health of our oceans by taking action to clean up our lakes right here in Wisconsin! Help us to make our waterways safer for all by joining our team for our summer beach cleanups! Trash bags are provided, but please consider bringing a bucket or plastic bag and some gloves from home to reduce the event's environmental footprint. Following the cleanup, participants can socialize at the South Shore Terrace Kitchen & Beer Garden!

Consider bringing:

  • Water or drink to stay hydrated
  • Shoes/clothes that can get dirty
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat!

Hope to see you there!

When: Thursday September 26th, 6pm to 7:30pm

Where: South Shore Park Beach,
2900 S Shore Dr, Milwaukee, WI