ATLANTA (Sept. 12, 2014) Georgia Aquarium will host its annual Aqua Vino event on Thursday, Oct. 9. The event will be held in Georgia Aquarium’s magnificent Oceans Ballroom from 6 – 10 p.m. and all proceeds from this year’s event will benefit sea turtle research and conservation projects.

Aqua Vino provides guests with an unforgettable evening featuring more than 200 wines, gourmet food from 30 of Atlanta’s premier restaurants, a full night of entertainment including the Aquarium’s five distinct, vibrant galleries that feature over 500 species of aquatic life, and live, silent and wine auctions. As a memento, guests will receive a collectable Reidel wine glass to enjoy wines throughout the night and after the event.

VIP guests will receive exclusive access to Aqua Vino that includes early event admission at 6 p.m. with red carpet arrival, as well as access to the VIP lounge with reserve wines and exceptional cheeses. These guests will also get the opportunity to be the first to sample all atrium wines and restaurants, and participate in behind-the-scenes tours throughout the evening. The Grand Tasting will take place from 7-10 p.m.

Aqua Vino is Georgia Aquarium’s largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds will help support the Aquarium’s sea turtle research and conservation efforts.  Sea turtle research is part of Georgia Aquarium’s 4R Program, which encompasses, supports and funds efforts in the areas of rescue, rehabilitation, research and responsibility.

Aqua Vino 2014

“One of Georgia Aquarium’s goals is to be a leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research, and fundraisers like Aqua Vino help us to obtain that goal,” said Dr. Al Dove, director of research and conservation at Georgia Aquarium. “By combining field research with the study of on-site animals in a controlled environment, the Aquarium is contributing to the advancement of human knowledge in the area of animal science.”

Tickets are $150 for non-members and $125 for members for the Grand Tasting. VIP Tasting tickets are $325. Event attendees must be 21 years of age for entry. This event is made possible by Celebrity Cruises, Coca-Cola, and Acura. To purchase tickets or find more information about Aqua Vino visit www.georgiaaquairum.org/aquavino or call (404) 581-4000.

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.