Help us support Reef Relief
If you choose to honor us with a gift, we encourage you to consider a contribution to one of our favorite non-profits, Reef Relief.
Our home, the Florida Keys, is a 120-mile chain of island paradise protected by the Florida Reef, the only living barrier reef in the continental U.S. and the third largest coral barrier system in the world. It is both a natural wonder and an indispensable support system for our ocean and its wildlife. It is also the Keys’ most vital resource, environmentally and economically. It helps protect from the effects of tropical weather events, naturally filters ocean water to eliminate pollutants, provides a habitat and feeding ground for marine life, and helps support just about every business and industry throughout the Keys.
Sadly, the reef is in serious peril. It has lost more than 90% of its coral cover in the last 30 years due to large-scale water pollution, run-off from agriculture on the mainland, and other contributors. However, many organizations such as Reef Relief are working to bring attention to this devastating problem and to educate and inform the public as to protection and restoration of the reef. In recent years, scientists have been able to regrow and replant certain species of coral in an attempt to regenerate our reef system. The results are encouraging, but protection and restoration of the reef is a time-consuming and expensive proposition.
Reef Relief is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its goals are as follows:
- Focus on rigorous science to educate the public & advocacy toward policymakers to achieve conservation, protection, and restoration of coral reefs
- Increase public awareness of the importance and value of living coral reef ecosystems
- Increase scientific understanding and knowledge of living coral reef ecosystems
- Strengthen grassroots community-based efforts to protect coral reef ecosystems
- Design, develop, and help implement strategies for marine protected areas associated with coral reef ecosystems
- Encourage and support eco-tourism as part of sustainable community development that protects and preserves coral reef ecosystems
- Strengthen its organizational capacity to carry out its mission
Ed has been a member of the Reef Relief Board of Directors since 2010 and has worked diligently to carry out Reef Relief’s mission and goals.
Reef Relief accepts donations and annual memberships on its website, at ReefRelief.org. If you plan to attend the wedding celebration, you may contribute at the event as well.
Thank you for considering a donation to this important cause near and dear to our hearts.
Jennifer and Ed