Marine Resources Council’s Conservation Awards Banquet

Marine Resources Council's Conservation Awards Banquet in Melbourne, Florida.
Marine Resources Council's Conservation Awards Banquet in Melbourne, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – The 18th Annual MRC Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet is set to honor extraordinary Indian River Lagoon conservation heroes on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This is an evening of famed speakers, unique art, wine, spirits, live music, and delectable food in recognition of our esteemed partners and individuals who have helped shape some of today’s most crucial lagoon conservation wins.

Proceeds benefit the Marine Resources Council’s efforts to protect and conserve our cherished Indian River Lagoon.

The banquet will be at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront Hotel, located at 3003 N. Highway A1A, in Melbourne, Florida.

This formal event is open to the public. Each ticket includes 2 complimentary adult beverages and choice of entree (Filet Mignon, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Chicken Mediterranean, and Roasted Vegetable Lasagna).

Tickets are available at, or call 321-725-7775.
Event Highlights Include:

  • Live Caribbean & Steele Drum Music by Chester Murray
  • Silent and Live Auction
  • Guest Speakers
  • Souvenir Glass
  • Photo Walk

Guest Speakers Include:

  • Famed Environmentalist & South FL Political Powerhouse Maggy Hurchalla
  • Dr. Mark Perry, Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society / President of the Rivers Coalition, Inc.
  • Courtney Barker, Satellite Beach City Manager

Awards & Attending Nominees Include:

  • Stan Blum Lifetime Award for Conservation
  • Nominees: George Rosenfield/ Mary Bowman/ Steve Chalmers
  • Albert Tuttle Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
  • Nominees: Dennis Mayo/ Mark D. Perry/ Rodney Smith
  • Maggie Bowman Award for Outstanding Service by an Elected Official
  • Nominees: Curt Smith/ Senator Debbie Mayfield/ Frank Catino
  • Paul Kroegel Award for Outstanding Service by a Government Employee
  • Nominees: Dianne Hughes / Duane DeFreese/ Charles Henry
  • Project of the Year Award Nominees: C1 Canal Water Diversion to the St. Johns River / Indian River Lagoon Health

These talented and dedicated conservationists are identified by the MRC Membership and honored through a nomination process. Voting Ends on 3/22/19. The winners will be announced during the ceremony. There is still time to become an official member of MRC and cast your vote at

Special Need: Seeking Sponsors and Live Auction Items!

MRC is seeking to offer beach/vacation, fishing/boating experiences and other special items in their silent/live auction. Sponsorships start at $100.

Please view available sponsorship opportunities at

To discuss event sponsorship, and in-kind donations including auction items, please contact Steve Sharkey at or 321-978-8862.

Make sure to purchase your tickets at, or call 321-725-7775.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.