Frolic for Flippers 2013 Results

September 25th, 2013 by Shannon

And they're off! - At the 2013 Frolic for Flippers

The results are in.  The “3rd Annual Frolic for Flippers” event was a HUGE success.  We were aiming to raise $20,000 for the Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation program – and you guys really pulled through!  With your help, we were able to raise $18,915 dollars for the MARC program.   It was wildly successful and we owe it to each and every one of YOU!  If you care to make a contribution to help us get a little closer to our $20,000 goal, donations are welcome.

Frolic for Flippers 2013 (View Full Photo Album by Rich Obrey)
193 Onsite Frolic 5K Participants
32 Frolic from Afar Participants
13 Kid’s 1-Mile Fun Run Participants

Total = 238 Participants!

Tours/Visitors at MARC: ~80 people

Total Raised- $18,915.00

Top Frolickers:
Top Male:  Matt Chouinard  18:56.20
Top Female:  Jennifer Sawyer 19:36.00
Top Kid (1-Miler): Logan Tilburg   8:32.70
All 2013 Results:  Overall / Group / Kid’s 1-Miler


Thanks to our 2013 Frolic for Flippers Volunteers
It also truly took a community effort to pull off such a great event.  51 Volunteers (comprised of UNE Students, Staff and Community Members) helped us with event preparation and day of communities.  Help us in thanking all of these wonderful people!  They are the friendly faces that were everywhere – keeping you safe on the course, helping with registration, providing tours to view the seals following the race.

Nate DiMartino, Amanda Liebau, Nicole Hunter, Margot Madden, Chris LaPointe, Kristen Patchett, Sarah Lucchese, Anna Bass, Kayla Pelletier, Tony Lucchese – as Superman, Sam Ainsworth, Lisa Bordonaro, Keith Burgie, Sam Burgie, Liz Caci, Freddie Chisholm, Marissa Collard-Doney, Madeleine Cox, Melissa Currier, Hannah Debeljiak, Tanner Diebold, Erin Dooland, Lynda Doughty, Destiny Doyle, Iliana Flefel, Rebecca Frowine, Dan Hales, Allison Hardman, Kristel Lee, Feier Liu, Cat Lopes, Barb Mackowicz, Jodi Marks, Amanda Nollette, Morgan Pichel, Marissa Redding, Marissa Simoneau, Asheley Simpson, Erin Vienz, Kaylie Vienz, Dominique Walk, Jason/James/Nick/AnnMarie, Dustin Meattey, Steven Sawyer, Alishia Zyer, Pat Touri, Izzi Marquesi, Penny Marquesi, Margot Madden, Becky Buchanan, Halie Pruitt, Iliana Flefel, Margot Madden, Nicole Hunter

Special Thanks to Marine Mammals of Maine for letting Sully the Seal and Dolly the Dolphin come out to play at Frolic :)

The Kid's Love Sully the Seal

Other Special Thanks:

Carl Karrigan and David Dadiego (UNE Media)
UNE Security and Facilities Staff
Denis Letellier (Perfect Signs) – Mile Markers & Finish Line
Michael Gaige (Maine Running Company) – Finish Chute


We never like to send folks home empty handed.  Thank you all for helping us raise $1000′s of dollars for MARC through our raffle tickets sales this year.  Many of you won prizes donated by our generous donors and sponsors.  Be sure to check out some of these companies – we love them and they love our seals!

2013 Frolic for Flippers Raffle Winners!

Your Best Self – Energy Healing Session  (
Winner:  John Mills

Seasonal Pool Closure – Sunrise Pool and Spa (
Winner:  Rhonda Feldman

4-Week Bootcamp Session – Biddeford-Saco Beach Bootcamp
Winner:  Kevin

Maine State Aquarium - Family Passes
Winners:  The Bilsky Family & Elizabeth Caci

SissyCakes 1-dozen Cupcakes
Winners:  John Roe & Chris LaPointe

Wustof Knife (Donated by Woodard and Curran)
Winner:  Phil Grondrine

Oxbow Brewing Gift and Beverage Glasses
Winner:  Phil Grondine

R/V Llyr Scenic Saco River Research Cruise (Donated by UNE Marine Science Center Staff)
Winner:  Jess McMurrer

3-Course Meal for Two (Sea Glass Restaurant)
Winner:  Jason Lenzen

“Whale-of-a-Party” Gift Basket from Beach Grass Shop
Winner:  Libby Blackman

Maine Lobster Boys – Lobster Tour + Keep Your Catch
Winner:  The Brown Family

Bungalow 360 Sea Turtle Beach Bag
Winner:  Gina Prendiville

Bungalow 360 Seals Beach Bag
Winner:  Iliana Flefel

Greener Postures Yoga
Winner:  Christine Racine

Forever Kai Hand-Stamped Eco-Bags
Winners:  E. Madden, Barb Mackowicz, Barry Costa-Pierce, Cindy Larmie, Mike Sheldon, Tracy Deletetsky, Linda Huitt, & Lucas Ritchie

Mia Amicas Beaded Bracelets
Winners:  E. Madden, Linda Huitt, Riley Simmons, Pat Touri, Jess McMurrer & Lauren

50/50 Cash Raffle ($155 – $77.50 for MARC/$77.50 for the Winner)
Winner:  Scott Marchildon (Who Couldn’t Have Been More Kind and Donated His Half Back to MARC)

Three Rivers Adventures 9-Person Rafting Trip
Winner:  Nicole Hunter

Three Rivers Adventures Jump and Raft Package for Two
Winner:  Zach Towne


Thanks to our 2013 Frolic for Flippers Sponsors

Idexx Laboratories
106.3 The Bone
Three Rivers Adventures
Rich Obrey Photography

We can’t wait to Frolic again next year!  We hope you’re already penciling us in for an even bigger, better event in 2014!

Seal Release TOMORROW!!

September 11th, 2013 by Shannon

Join us tomorrow, Thursday September 12, 2013 for another fun-filled seal release at high noon!  We’ll be sending three healthy, plump seals back to their home in the sea!

Reese on the beach before rehab


Date:  Thursday, September 12, 2013
Who?  Reese, Big Hunk, and SweeTart

Time:  12:00 pm
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~12:02 pm
(Blink and you might miss it)
  Gilbert Place, on Biddeford Pool, Biddeford, Maine (as you enter Gilbert Place, veer to the left for public parking) Get Directions

Please drive carefully, mind speed limits and be respectful of the neighbors.  Thanks!

What to Bring:

Seas the Day:: MARC’s December Days of Donating

December 12th, 2012 by Shannon

Happy December!  Another year is nearing the end and we have been busy at MARC!  Thanks to so much community support from our volunteers, students and donors, we have helped to provide care for nearly 100 animals in 2012.  That number may climb to over 100 animals in the next week – as we plan to assist New England Aquarium by transferring another batch of sea turtles to MARC for care.  Each sea turtle costs several thousand dollars to support during the course of their rehabilitation – and returning healthy turtles to the wild is one of the most important things we do at MARC.  While we receive generous support from the University of New England and federal grant programs, we rely heavily on donations to keep our program afloat.


Join us for Seas the Day:: MARC’s December Days of Donating!!! 

Each day – now through December 31st, we will be highlighting several small items that benefit the MARC program in some way.  Bring one (or a few) items along to the MARC hospital (or send them in the mail) and we’ll walk you behind the scenes of our operations – to see where all the magic happens.

Every day between now and New Year’s Eve – come by between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm to deliver some items and visit the MARC hospital.  (We will be closed to the public on Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve/Day).

  • Dawn Soap – Help us keep our hospital clean!
  • Thermometers, like this one - preferably waterproof, flexible, unused.   These help us monitor the temperatures of our seals  very accurately!
  • Hand Soap (antibacterial) – Help our volunteers stay germ-free
  • Hose Nozzles (prefer those coated in rubber) – They are used daily to clean seal/turtle/porpoise rooms
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers – Do a great job of super-cleaning our animal pools
  • Sponges – excellent for dish-washing
  • 3M Green Scrubbers, like these – perfect for scrubbing fish scales off of all surfaces
  • A few really durable kitchen knives. – for cutting up squid and fish.  Those without wooden handles are even better!
  • A knife sharpener – help us preserve the life of the knives we use regularly.
  • Adopt an Animal – through our online adoption program – every dollar helps the animals at MARC
  • Donate!online (or mail a check) – All donations are tax-deductable.
  • Gift Cards – We frequently shop for animal supplies at places like:  Home Depot, CVS, Lowe’s, Hannaford, Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart
  • Gift Cards – Perhaps you want to enrich the lives of our generous volunteers??  Provide cards to places like Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Hannaford, etc and we can purchase snacks and coffee for our volunteer training days (and nights).
  • Iodized Salt – Cheap, but does wonders for keeping out salty seals, well, salty.  Purchase at your grocery store – and we use it all year round to supplement feeds and other vitamins.
  • Glucose Tablets – manufactured for people, but we RELY on them for seals who need help with their blood sugar.  It’s added right to their feeds to keep them balanced.
  • Duct tape – grey, black, orange, purple, yellow, green, red, blue, blue: we use these colors regularly in our facility.
  • WD40 – salt water in our hospital causes lots of squeeky doors and wheels.  One small can keeps us squeek-free for weeks.
  • More items coming daily!!!

Help us offset the costs of caring for the animals, by helping us to stock many of the items in our hospital that we otherwise have to purchase!  To drop off your donation, please come by our office or mail donations to the address below!

MARC at the Marine Science Center – Room 132 (first floor near elevator)
11 Hill’s Beach Road – map
Biddeford, Maine 04005

**Park in Lot #15.  Walk across the street and up gated driveway to find our building (#17)!

Our animals can rest easy this holiday season thanks to you!

Frolic for Flippers 5K 2012 – a HUGE success

October 5th, 2012 by Shannon

Thanks to everyone that joined us September 22, 2012 onsite and afar for our “2nd Annual Frolic for Flippers 5K“.   Though the rain decided to crash our party for the second year in a row, the drizzly rain created the perfect Frolic for Flippers weather.

We are thrilled to announce that between onsite registrations, Frolic from Afar registrations, participant fundraising, and raffle ticket sales (and some donations are still coming in daily), you helped us raise over $5000 for the UNE Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center!

Every dollar earned really does make a HUGE difference.  Our animals appreciate it and so do we!

Here’s a summary of our event:

Total Participants:  211
Total On-site Participants:  145
Total ‘Frolic from Afar’ Participants:  32
2012 Event Volunteers:  34
Post-Race Tours of MARC: 75 guests
Top Fundraiser:  Nicole Hunter
Top Runner:  Chris Harman, Age 25 completed the course in a whopping 16:10.2!  Nice work!

Race Results


Sully the Seal and Dolly the Dolphin:  Provided by Marine Mammals of Maine
Photos provided by Rich Obrey (

Did you attend?  We would love your feedback to improve for next year!


And thanks again to our AWESOME Frolic for Flippers 5K 2012 Sponsors!  We couldn’t have done it without you!



Buy Art. Save Seals.

January 16th, 2012 by Shannon

Thanks to the Humanitarian Art Project (HAP) art-lovers can support marine mammals and sea turtles by purchasing original masterpieces online.   With each purchase of a unique art piece, HAP donates 10% of the purchase price of the item to the charity of your choice.  We’re happy to announce that MARC was recently added to the list of included charities.

Founder & Owner, Brigitte Perreault states, “Our mission is to help non-profit organizations receive funding and therefore perpetuate a sense of presence and help for those in need during difficult and/or tragic times, as well as supporting humanitarian causes around the world. We are delighted that Artists are signing up, raising up, wanting to be part of this Project”.

Photography to paintings to sculptures, there are many beautiful pieces to choose from and all purchases will benefit the charity of your choice.  Some examples of the many pieces available at HAP are below.

"Africa", by Gary Palmer available at Humanitarian Art Project

Find “Africa” at the online gallery.

"Balls of pleasure", by Sofie Siegmann/ Mixed Media, available at Humanitarian Art Project

Find “Balls of Pleasure” at the online gallery.

"Birds with no Wings", by Belgin Yucelen/ Available at Humanitarian Art Project

Find “Birds with no Wings” at the online gallery.