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2012 Organizers, Sponsors & Partners

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Sea Turtle Conservancy

Sea Turtle ConservancyIt is the mission of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend. STC is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. STC is the oldest sea turtle organization in the world. Since its founding in 1959, STC's work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles

MeGotta

MeGottaMeGotta offers a quick, simple and powerful collaboration platform with over 14 integrated Web 2.0 applications. A seamless, easy-to-use interface that encourages communication through video and photo sharing, blogging, forums, and much more, can be deployed within minutes. The company also provides an interactive, animation platform as a way to send fun messages and creative promotions. These tools are shared with good causes through the "MeGotta Care" mission to promote community, education, ecology and similar endeavors.

Sea Turtle Sponsors

Disney's Animal Programs

Disney's Animal ProgramsDisney's Animal Programs promise excellence in animal care, public education efforts, and championing resources for both environmental and financial gain. Disney's Animals, Science, and Environment department is one of the most respected in the world, being a proud partner in the Species Survival Plan, World Wildlife Conservation Fund, and has one of the most successful zoological breeding programs in the country. The program is located at Disney's Animal Kingdom® park, the Animal Programs team also has adjunct locations in Epcot and the Disney Wilderness Preserve.

Disney Vero Beach Resort

Disney Vero Beach ResortIt's not just a Disney Vacation, it's a lifetime of vacation memories. Disney's Vero Beach Resort is one part of the Disney Vacation Club. The Resort offers an alluring beach vacation on the Atlantic treasure coast for the perfect family holiday. Disney's Vero Beach Resort offers incredible Disney service: sing-along campfires, tennis courts, backboards, wine tasting, craft making, and even pin trading. Disney's Vero Beach Resort guests can experience lessons in surfing, snorkeling, fishing, jungle trial bike adventures, and sand casting. Your entire family will find something to get them into the spirit of the Sunshine State.

Disney Conservation Fund

Disney Worldwide Conservation FundDisney Conservation Fund enables nonprofit organizations to provide support for more than 45 species across the globe-from protecting the critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesia, to tracking northern jaguars in the foothills of Mexico, to studying the threats of the endangered green sea turtle.

Disney's Friends for Change

Disney's Friends for ChangeDisney's Friends for Change is a green initiative that started in the summer of 2009. Disney stars stress environmental issues in the campaign, encouraging fans to take action. The year-long campaign draws on how Disney stars connect with young fans. As part of the initiative, kids will have the ability to choose how Disney will invest one million dollars in various environmental programs.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Four Seasons Resort NevisFour Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. The company's guiding principle is the Golden Rule, and as such Four Seasons strives to have a long-lasting, positive influence on the communities where we operate and on the people we employ and serve around the world. We believe that this is integral to our success as a company. Four Seasons involves employees and guests in the common goal of preserving and protecting the planet. We engage in sustainable practices that conserve natural resources and reduce environmental impact. As importantly, sustainable tourism will enhance and protect the destinations where Four Seasons operates for generations to come.

Casa Tortuga

Casa TortugaCasa Tortuga, Inc. is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting the protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles though programs that enhance awareness of the cultural significance of sea turtles and our impact on the environment relative to their survival. Casa Tortuga supports sea turtle conservation through education, community outreach, and collaboration with scientific groups. Casa Tortuga is currently involved in projects that protect sea turtles and their habitat in the United States, Mexico, Uruguay and Indonesia.

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise IslandKerzner International's spectacular Atlantis, Paradise Island rises magically from the turquoise lagoons and blue Atlantic of The Bahamas. This unique, ocean-themed destination offers a variety of guest accommodations and 35 restaurants, bars and lounges to satisfy any palette. The focal point of the unique family entertainment experience at Atlantis is the 20 million gallons of fresh and salt-water pools and lagoons, amazing water adventures, cascading waterfalls, a marine habitat second only to Mother Nature with a remarkable, unparalleled assortment of exhibit lagoons and underwater formations - all located on a seemingly endless stretch of beach that has been called the most beautiful in the world.

The Body Shop Foundation

Body Shop FoundationThe Body Shop Foundation is the charitable trust of The Body Shop International. The foundation gives money to innovative, global projects working for social and environmental change. Since 1990, they have funded over 2,500 projects around the world, donating over just 19 million Euros. The foundation looks for progressive charities and groups which fall within their remit and invite them to apply for funds. The foundation is proud of the groups they support and the difference they make to thousands of lives and habitats around the world.

RFQ-hub

RFQ-hubRFQ-hub (Request-For-Quote hub) is a software developed in Paris (France) that focuses in streamlining transactional workflow, allowing asset managers to send and receive competing and tradable quotes electronically from a pool of investment banks. The company was established in 2008 and since then the business has grown with clients split across the 3 main time zones (Europe, US and Asia) including more recently the opening of a Hong Kong office. RFQ-hub's logo represents the company's owners fondness for sea turtles and what these animals symbolize in many cultures. As part of the company's aim in applying best practices, RFQ-hub is dedicated to making a difference outside its core business by promoting environmental responsibility in the form of sea turtle conservation. Partnership with the STC is our first major step in sea turtle conservation and hopefully an inspiration to all.

Vidanta Group

Vidanta GroupGrupo Vidanta was founded in 1974 and has evolved for more than 35 years into one of Mexico's leading developers of hotels and resorts, golf courses, vacation ownership, and tourism infrastructure, including Mexico's first privately built and owned international airport at Puerto Peñasco. For American travelers, Grupo Vidanta offers a choice of full-service luxury beach resorts in Mexico's finest beaches, under Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, Ocean Breeze, Sea Garden, Mayan Palace and The Grand Mayan brands. In the near future, new hospitality brands will include The Bliss and Mansions of the World. Grupo Vidanta's Mayan Island has built and sold over 2,000 second homes.

Shark Reef Aquarium

Shark Reef AquariumShark Reef is dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of animal care, to providing its visitors with an entertaining and educational experience, and to the practice of meaningful research and conservation initiatives. Several initiatives are taken by Shark Reef to encourage the message of conservation and preservation. Recycling facility water and implementing imitation coral into exhibits to preserve natural resources are just two of ways Shark Reef sets the example.

Saint Edward's School

Saint Edwards SchoolSaint Edward's School, founded upon the independent Episcopal school tradition, is a co-educational, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, college preparatory school committed to educational excellence. To empower each child to reach his or her full potential, the School community promotes an environment of advocacy, challenges the whole student, cultivates moral courage and spiritual growth, and inspires a lifelong passion for learning.

Holbrook Travel

Holbrook TravelHolbrook Travel serves the needs of teachers, students, academic institutions, and nature lovers. Although many changes have taken place over the years, Holbrook Travel has taken great care to remain true to its roots. As news of environmental concerns and world conflicts continue to fill the airwaves, it seems more important than ever to help people gain a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world and other cultures through first-hand experiences.

Program Sponsors

Sea Turtle License Plate

Sea Turtle License PlateIn 1997, the State of Florida authorized the creation of the Sea Turtle License Plate to promote the conservation and protection of Florida's sea turtles. Today, the Sea Turtle License Plate is one of the most popular specialty plates in Florida, raising over $1 million annually. Approximately 70% of the funding generated by sales of the tag goes to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Turtle Protection Program to support research and management activities related to sea turtles. Approximately 30% is distributed to the Sea Turtle Grants Program which distributes funds each year to support sea turtle research, conservation and education programs that benefit Florida sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is administered by the non-profit Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Walmart Stores - Brevard County

Walmart Stores - Brevard CountyThe Walmart Foundation is proud to support the charitable organizations that are important to our customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Walmart's founder, Sam Walton, introduced the philosophy, “operate globally, give back locally.” Today, the Walmart Foundation continues to support local, state and national organizations that provide opportunities in the communities we serve. Through our Community Grant programs, Walmart Stores, Sam's Clubs, and Logistics facilities can recommend grants to local charitable organizations.

Community Foundation for Brevard

Community Foundation for BrevardThe Community Foundation for Brevard serves as a leader, catalyst, and trusted resource for philanthropic individuals and organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain Brevard's quality of life. We are an independent, 501(c)3 organization and manage funds that benefit charities by protecting the investment, achieving growth, and providing a perpetual source of income.

USFWS Connecting People with Nature

USFWS Connecting People with NatureIn 2010, the Secretary of the Interior initiated the Youth in the Great Outdoors program to engage, educated, and employ young people, from elementary through graduate students, to ensure a next generation of conservation professionals is prepared to address the complex conservation challenges of the future. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to the Youth in the Great Outdoors mission and has been supporting youth programming through its Connecting People with Nature activities and related education and employment programs.

NOAA & FL DEP

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STC's Tour de Turtles Educational Program was funded in part by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Management Program, pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award NO. NA09NOS4190076. The opinions expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Partners

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research Program

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research ProgramThe Marine Turtle Research Group is a group of UCF professional scientists and student volunteers dedicated to undertaking fundamental and applied research on marine turtles whilst supporting local capacity building and environmental awareness efforts necessary for successful conservation. Led by biology professor Llew Ehrhart, the group of UCF graduate and undergraduate students study sea turtles along the Atlantic shores as the females return to the beach to nest and juvenile green turtles gather in the nearby Indian River Lagoon.

Nevis Turtle Group

Nevis Turtle GroupThe Nevis Turtle Group (NTG) is dedicated to the development of a Sea Turtle Conservation Program for Nevis that involves local communities, and ensure that sea turtles will be there for the use of present and future generations. NTG was formed in 2003 by Lemuel Pemberton. Once formed, NTG gathered together a number of concerned volunteers to help monitoring the nesting beaches on Nevis. NTG volunteers work at night on beaches around Nevis to tag sea turtles and collect information about the nesting and movement of Nevis' sea turtles. Additional information, such as levels of nest predation and poaching are collected during morning surveys. NTG also gives presentations about sea turtles at lcoal schools and works to involve children in sea turtle related activities.

2012 Kick Off Event Sponsors

Reef Safe Suncare
23 Treez
Aquafredda's Salon
Galleon Photos
Floridana Beach Motel
Above the Reefs
SUP Eco Adventures
Petty's Meat Market