ATLANTA (October 9, 2015) - Georgia Aquarium hosted its tenth annual Aqua Vino event on Thursday, Oct. 8. Aqua Vino is Georgia Aquarium’s premiere food and wine fundraising event that features over 200 wines from around the world and tastings from Atlanta’s most popular restaurants. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $1.4 million with all proceeds benefitting the Georgia Aquarium’s animal research and conservation efforts.

Over 800 guests attended this year’s event, hosted by celebrity chef and television personality, Alton Brown. All proceeds from the event will benefit Georgia Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts with Southern sea otters, which are listed as threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. In addition to food and wine samplings, guests also enjoyed a silent and live auction, live music, access to the Aquarium’s five galleries, a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of Georgia Aquarium’s world-class facilities, and a keepsake Aqua Vino wine glass.

Aqua Vino is the Aquarium’s largest fundraising event that has been held since shortly after the Aquarium opened. The first annual Aqua Vino in 2006 was held in conjunction with a wildlife art weekend at the Aquarium with the goal to bring together art lovers, food and wine lovers, and community supporters to benefit the Aquarium’s Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. 

 

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals in North America. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote 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.