Aquarium’s Sea Fare Chowderfest Raises $139,000 In Support Of The Nonprofits

More than 700 people attended the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Sea Fare Chowderfest event on Saturday, October 15, 2022, which raised $139,000 in support of the nonprofit institution’s animal care, education, and conservation programs. More than twenty local businesses provided samples of hearty chowders, savory bites, and fresh baked goods and there was unlimited craft beer and wine. Live and silent auctions featured dozens of items, trips, and experiences. Artists Sam Carter, Gina Hsiang, and Sküt created live Aquarium-inspired pieces of art as items for the auction. A live band played in front of the Honda Blue Cavern exhibit.

 “Sea Fare Chowderfest is a celebration of the animals, conservation efforts, and education programs at the Aquarium that help connect the public, from adults to students, with the ocean and environment. We rely on the support of our loyal donors, members, and community, and we are so grateful for their generosity,” said Ryan Ashton, Aquarium of the Pacific vice president of development. All funds raised at Sea Fare will directly support the nonprofit Aquarium’s education, conservation, and animal care programs.

The Aquarium thanks Sea Fare Chowderfest sponsors: U.S. Bank, Gazette Newspapers, SAVOR…, Age of Aquariums, Mark Bertrand, Esther S.M. Chui Chao, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Ed Feo, Charlotte and Allen Ginsburg, Robert Gordon, Alicia Jensen, Keesal, Young & Logan, lbfoodcoma, Dana Noble, and Chad Sawyer.

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Babies!, Pacific Visions, and Shark Lagoon. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including First Wednesdays featuring a variety of guest speakers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months and other special benefits. To make a donation to help support the Aquarium, please visit To visit, advance reservations are required for everyone and can be made at or by calling (562) 590-3100.