January 14, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— The media is invited to a press conference on Monday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. announcing a major gift from The Boeing Company. Boeing Director of Apache Worldwide Support Tim Sassenrath will travel to Corpus Christi to make the gift presentation. As a former U.S. Army Colonel, Sassenrath was commander of the Corpus Christi Army Dept from July 2005, until he retired from Army service in July 2007. He joined The Boeing Company in Mesa, Arizona in August of 2007.
“The Boeing Company is proud to support the Texas State Aquarium’s mission of environmental stewardship and education,” says Sassenrath. “We are committed to investing in programs that protect critical natural areas, such as Conservation Cove, and other wildlife areas across the state where we have a business presence. We know that what we do has a global impact and that our combined enterprise-wide efforts can yield sustainable improvement in the communities in which we live, work and support.”
Conservation Cove is a three-year expansion project of the Aquarium’s outdoor exhibit plaza, including otters, sea turtles, alligators, and raptors. The project began in 2006 with the Hawn Wild Flight Theater, which opened in April of 2007. Tortuga Cay, a sanctuary for sea turtles, and Otter Creek opened last March. This spring, the Aquarium will unveil Eagle Pass.
Eagle Pass promotes a strong message of backyard conservation. All of the raptors featured in this exhibit were rescued and rehabilitated at the Texas State Aquarium. Perhaps the most regal raptor of the exhibit is Grace, a bald eagle. Rehabilitated in Alaska, Grace was deemed non-releasable and will have a home in Eagle Pass, where visitors can get a personal look at America’s bird, something you may not be able to do in the wild. Conservation Cove renovations will be complete with Swamp Tales, an alligator exhibit, scheduled to open in 2010.
Aquarium President and CEO Tom Schmid says, “At a time when many companies are cutting back on philanthropic giving, we feel very fortunate to be able to announce this wonderful gift and partnership with The Boeing Company.”
Within the Corpus Christi area, The Boeing Company employs 64 residents and has over 150 retirees enjoying life in the Coastal Bend. In addition, 264 shareholders make their homes in Corpus Christi, and The Boeing Company relies on 13 local vendors for production supplies and other resources.
We hope to see you on Monday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Texas State Aquarium lobby!
The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to inspire appreciation and wise stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.