Turn the Tide Event Schedule

August 15, 2020
4:00pm – 9:00pm

Hosted at a Private Lakeside Manor
in Nashotah, WI

VIP admittance and animal ambassador interactive meet and greet!

VIP attendees will receive the opportunity to interact with animal ambassadors from around the globe. Our beautiful ambassadors will engage you in an experience of a lifetime as you meet and learn about their amazing stories. From penguins to hawks to a lemur and sloth, these animals will inspire your love and appreciation for the natural world we share.


General admittance, food, drink and socializing

VIP and general attendees will enjoy delicious gourmet hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, live entertainment, and socializing with animal care specialists as well as the opportunity to peruse our silent auction items before settling in for the main event.


Turn the Tide evening program

Turn the Tide evening program will provided by Ocean Connections president, Shelley Ballmann, alongside invited guest speakers Julie Scardina, our friends and animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo and Conservation Ambassadors, and more! Program will conclude with our live auction and Special Animal Ambassador Photo opportunity!


Painting with Penguins! Animal artwork provided by our feathered, furry, and flippered friends will be available throughout the night for purchase.

A special live painting opportunity will be made available compliments of two beautiful Penguin Picassos as we wrap up the night's festivities.


Closing night activities

Entertainment continues as you make your final silent auction choices. Bid high and bid often; it’s all for conservation! Who knows what you could be going home with! Silent auction will close at 8:15 pm.


Returning transportation


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Shelley Ballmann

Shelley Ballmann is a conservation leader and expert in marine mammal behavior, training, and welfare. Shelley has dedicated herself to providing a sanctuary where both animals born within human care and rescued seals and sea lions are given a second chance in life.

A believer in education, Shelley is committed to the educational impact connecting people to nature has on influencing behavior for positive change in our world. Shelley will share with you the challenges facing these animals along with the inspiring impact our ambassadors bring to today’s world.

INVITED SPEAKER: Stephen Fishwick

Stephen Fishwick, a renown international talent, joins our cause! Look forward to being inspired as Stephen creates an original conservation masterpiece live on August 15th. His ability to infuse color, movement, and sound into each of his paintings creates an aesthetic style all of his own. Stephen Fishwick infuses every original creation with the passion that drives his art and performances!

In career that has spanned over two decades, Stephen has earned widespread acclaim, but what makes him most proud are his philanthropic endeavors that have raised over $1 million for different charities. He has also produces artwork for corporate America, with professional clients that include That National Football League, Microsoft, Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, Anheuser-Busch, the San Diego Padres and National Geographic.



Ocean Connections is committed to providing exceptional care to all of our animal ambassadors. Our animal ambassadors all have unique stories and by connecting you to all of them, we can educate others about the troubles directly impacting these species and their habitats. This helps us to better serve their wild counterparts and conserve species for generations to come! Your contribution directly assists with:

  • Updated medical equipment necessary for health assessments and veterinary visits
  • Modernizing animal areas
  • High quality nutrition and dietary needs
  • Local and global conservation efforts
  • Species rescue, rehabilitation, and protection programs


Education is at the heart of what we do. Our educational programming combines quality, STEAM+ based curriculum and quality time with our animal ambassadors. With our interactive and outreach programs continuing to evolve, Ocean Connections is in desperate need of updated equipment to increase the creation of hands-on learning opportunities that are available to diverse audiences. Your patronage will help further our commitment to providing quality science programming to the community by supplying funding for:

  • Improved technology for distance learning opportunities
  • Sponsoring field trips and outreach opportunities for Title 1 Schools
  • Interactive learning displays
  • Hands-on materials to encourage inquiry-based exploration of marine species

Unable to join us? Please consider partnering as a Turn the Tide sponsor or making a donation to support our efforts! Each sponsorship level is accompanied by unique event benefits. To learn more or make a contribution visit us at www.oceanconnections.org/events