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Gulf of Maine Research Institute swims into Giving Tuesday

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Broadreach Public Relations | BDN
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PORTLAND, Maine (November 30, 2017) –  The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) hosted the 2nd annual Sunrise Swim at Willard Beach early Tuesday morning. The free community swim was a part of Giving Tuesday, the national day devoted to giving back.

“Giving Tuesday is a day to support nonprofits, but for all of us at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute – it’s really just a great opportunity to celebrate our mission in a concrete way,” said Don Perkins, president and CEO of GMRI. “We have a number of year-round ocean-swimmers on staff, including myself, so we’re excited to celebrate the ocean by taking a dip,”

Perkins led over 20 participants into the waves, with many more cheering on from the beach.

“We wouldn’t be here without the generosity of people who truly care about the Gulf of Maine — both as an ecological marvel and an economic resource,” said Blaine Grimes, Chief Development Officer.

The swim was part of GMRI’s year-end fundraising effort which has been boosted with an anonymous $100,000 match. All new and increased gifts made before the end of November will be matched, generating double the impact.

Contributions support GMRI’s mission of pioneering collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. To that end, in the New Year, GMRI will be focusing on initiatives to accelerate the growth of a diverse seafood economy and aid marine communities in adapting to climate change.  Additionally, they’ll serve thousands of 5th and 6th graders from all corners of Maine who take on the role of scientists and conduct their own hands-on research as part of the LabVenture! program.

If you’re interested in donating, please visit the Gulf of Maine Research Institute website at or visit them on Facebook.

About the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI):
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Located in Portland, ME, GMRI is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. For more information, visit