Sippin’ for Seals

Enjoy delectable bites prepared by local chefs, sip on cool cocktails by the sea, and dance the night away to live music under our festive seaside tent in support of the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue program.


Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Please note: 2020 date subject to change.

An evening of dancing and dining under our festive seaside tent!

Join us for a great night out for a great cause! Enjoy fabulous bites prepared by chefs from your favorite local restaurants (see sponsor list below for participants), sip on a cool cocktail by the sea, and dance the night away to the Crab Shack Band. Held under the Center’s festive seaside tent located on the rocky shore of Odiorne Point State Park, you cannot beat the ocean view and relaxed atmosphere.

Along with a tasty array of tapas, the Atlantic Grill’s master bartender will concoct a special cocktail just for the event. While food and beverages are included in the ticket price, you’ll want to purchase tickets ($20 each) to try your luck at winning your favorite bottle of wine in the Wall of Wine Raffle.

You can purchase signature seal light-up pins ($20 each) and join in on the fun and games of our Heads-or-Tails Raffle (details below) for your chance to win the grand raffle prize basket.

We’ve made it easy for you to become a supporter of our Marine Mammal Rescue program when you purchase your ticket, during the event, or you can donate now. Thanks to a generous challenge gift from an anonymous donor, your gift will be doubled! Check out our Fund a Marine Mammal Rescue Need list below to find out how far amount you choose to donate will help.

All proceeds from Sippin’ for Seals benefit the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue program. The seals can’t pay to be rescued, so we rely on our community to help keep our rescue team ready to respond to every marine mammal that hauls out or strands on the New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts coast. Your support also allows our team to collect important data for a national database that is used to assess health trends of marine mammals and the ocean environment.

Tickets are $50 per person. You must be 21 or over to attend. All sales are final.
Online ticket sales close at noon on June 13. Tickets available at the gate.


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Heads or Tails

Purchase a blinking seal pin ($20) to enter the game. The winner will receive the fabulous Heads or Tails grand prize basket.

How does it work? Everyone wearing a blinking seal pin will come to the dance floor. Our MC will ask you to put your hands on your head or your tail. Then, he/she will flip a coin and call out if it came up heads or tails. Participants whose choice matches the coin flip remain in the game—everyone else leaves the dance floor. The game continues until there is one person standing—the grand prize winner!


Fund a Marine Mammal Rescue Need

Below are examples of what your donation could cover:

$5,000 Satellite tag & tracking of 1 seal for advanced research
$2,500 Regional Stranding Network Conference attendance for MMR staff
$1,000 Transportation to rehab facility for 4 sick or injured animals
$500 Necropsy and histopathology for 1 animal
$300 Blood panel & triage kit for 10 animals (fluids, medical supplies)
$100 Disease surveillance for 10 animals (swab samples)
$50 1 field responder kit
$25 ID flipper tags for 20 animals


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2019 Event Sponsors

Special thanks go to our generous event sponsors, Allagash Brewing Company, Atlantic Grill, Blue Mermaid Island Grill, Boston Beer Company, Chill Catering, Christophersen Construction Co. LLC, Centrus Digital, Celebrations Catering, Comcast, The Crab Shack Band, Cummings Lamont & McNamee PPLC, Cure Restaurant, Donahue Tucker & Ciandella PLLC, Eastern Bank, Everyday Details, Exeter Events & Tents, Foster’s Clam Bake and Catering, Go Foto Yourself New England, Great Circle Catering, Horizon Beverage, Las Olas Taqueria, Liberty Lane Catering, Moo’s Place Homemade Ice Cream, New England Mobile Audio, New Hampshire State Parks, Northpoint Mortgage, Ore Nell’s Barbecue, Physical Sciences Inc., Portsmouth Computer Group, Prime Buchholz, Ricci Lumber, RentNow Corporation, Rich Demarco at UBS, River House Restaurant, Seaport Fish, Stressless Events, Sustainable Seacoast, Three Sisters Cake Shop, Tiger Lillies Floral, Tuscan Kitchen, The Wicked Sweet Sugar Boutique, The White Apron, The Wooden Spoon Catering Company, and Z107 and 95.3 The Bull.

Computer and Audio Visual Rentals Sponsored By RentNow Corporation.


Sponsor Opportunities

To learn about how your company can gain great exposure and benefits for your employees by sponsoring this popular event, please contact Nichole Rutherford at 603-436-8043, ext. 26 or [email protected].