Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Members celebrate the return of the Giant Ocean Tank!

Everyone is buzzing about the New Aquarium Experience, especially our members! They enjoyed one of four special evenings, where they were able to get up close and personal with the many new features of the big tank, and reunite with some old friends.

Some lucky members also took home a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia—a beautifully framed section of the fiberglass coral from the old reef inside the Giant Ocean Tank. At each event, a member's name was randomly selected and we were able to catch up with the winners. 

Left to right: Lilly O'Mahony, Ashley Brother, Amy Brother, Ryan Brother, Liam O'Mahony and Katrina O'Mahony 
Best-friend families—the Brothers and the O’Mahonys from Arlington, MA—were all excited when the Brother crew, who first became Aquarium members in 2006, won a coveted piece of brain coral during our first “Welcome back, Giant Ocean Tank!” member event.

Left to right: Daniel Shearholdt and Rachel Perkins 
This is Rachel and Daniel's first year being Aquarium members and the Somerville, MA, pair are certainly off to a great start!

Left to right: (back) Micaela, Rebecca, John Klanchesser, Gail Klanchesser, (front) Sophia, Jacob
This is the second year of Aquarium membership for the Klanchessers, from Newington, NH.  Micaela and Rebecca were especially excited as they say they “never win prize drawings.” Well, they sure saved up their luck for a good one!

Left to right: Alex Kerivan, Anne Blake

Anne Blake, from Hudson, MA, and her granddaughter, Alex, were the lucky winners at our fourth and last "Welcome back, Giant Ocean Tank" member night. This is their first year as members of the Aquarium and were extremely excited to hear their membership number called out during the drawing. Anne told us, “We never win anything! We’re so honored to have this!” At last word, they’re still trying to decide where to put their beautiful piece of Aquarium history.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all the members who joined us during these special events for the New Aquarium Experience. What a great way to celebrate the sparkly, beautiful new tank and remember the history of this special exhibit!

Special member open-house events like these are just some of the perks that come with your Aquarium membership, including discounts in the Gift Shop and Harbor View CafĂ© plus express entry every time you visit! Become a member today.

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