2014 Annual Celebration a huge success!

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STI vet tech Brian Thurow offered to shave his head for donations at the Annual Auction held SEpt. 6, 2014. His offer raised $13,000 for Sea Turtle, Inc. Teresa Shumaker photo.

By Megan Chilcutt and Teresa Shumaker

The Sea Turtle, Inc. 2014 Annual Celebration, held on Sept. 6, was a huge success! The live auction started with a bang when STI's vet tech, Brian Thurow, offered to shave his head for pledges. Brian's hair was past his shoulders and he hadn't cut it in five years. It was a big offer and everyone responded with equally big pledges. His haircut alone raised over $13,000!

In total, the event raised just under $40,000. Those funds will go to our Capital Campaign's next phase of development: the Educational Center. Phase 2 is expected to cost $1.2 million on total for the facility and new parking lot. So far, $800,000 has been raised and plans to break ground in early 2015 are underway.

The fundraiser

For about ten years, the community on South Padre Island has come together to help us produce this auction. The auction is usually organized by volunteers, minimizing STI's costs an ensuring almost every dime collected goes to Sea Turtle, Inc.

For this year's celebration, we would like to extend a special thank you to Barry Patel and all of the staff at the Hilton Garden Inn for donating the beautiful ballroom, the food, and beverages for the fourth year in a row!

And of course we couldn't do it without these corporate sponsors as well: Julie and Bill Best, International Idiot’s Club, Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, Blue Marlin Supermarket, Carol Gluntz, Padre Island Brewing Company, First Community Bank, Troy Giles Realty and Management, Lynne Tate Real Estate, KVEO Channel 23 News, and Quick Stop.

We would also like to thank our artist in residence, Tony Reisinger, who showcased his wonderful Japanese fish print art.

All of the auction items were donated by local businesses and artists.

We cannot thank them enough for their generous contributions. To see the full list of all the auction donors and a video of Brian's haircut, please visit our website.

Board President, Shane Wilson, ran the live auction Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Teresa Shumaker photo.

Board President, Shane Wilson, ran the live auction Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Teresa Shumaker photo.

Board President, Shane Wilson, ran the live auction Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Teresa Shumaker photo.

Board President, Shane Wilson, ran the live auction Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Teresa Shumaker photo.












Here are the auction item donors:

American Diving

Ann Moncus

Anne Weiss

Anthony Rivera

Art Sea

Barbara’s Boutique

Black Iris

Blue Hairing Salon and Day Spa

Boomerang Billy’s

Breakaway Cruises


Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower/Dinah Bowman

Café Kranzler


Carol Plumb

Carole Spencer

Center Pivot Massage/Aziza Barker

Coastal Winds

Creative Cave Creations

Cristina Correa


Dania Olivares

Dazzling Nails and Spa

Dee Dee’s Boutique

Delphine Pfeiffer

Dianne May

Ernesto Dueñas/Amigos de la Sirena

Eve Ozer

Friedman’s Family of Restaurants

Gloria Bates

Gretchen Minuotte/Artspace

International Idiots Club

Isla Tours/Captain Murphy

Island Cinema

Island Native

Island Thrift

Javier “Ivan” Perez

Jeff George

Jenny Lundak/Artspace

Joe Friddle

Joni Gillis

Julie Woodruff

K’s Beads

Karen Pfeiffer

Kathy Stieglitz Rinearson

Kay Brown

Kay Kocur/Artspace

Kimberely Golden and Elbert Avendaño

KOA South Padre Island

Kohnami Restaurant

Kristin Fletcher

LaVina’s Natural Nail Care

Lee Zieger, Wildlife Photography

Marco Antonio Govea/A.R.T.e

Mario Leal

Marne Law

Mary Lou Alf

Michael Gilbert/Mikesmetals.com

Mike Brandt

Nancy Lillie

Nancy Watson

Orange Hill Studio/Wilma Laughainer and Carl Mohner

Orlando Villareal

Osprey Cruises

Pampered Pets Grooming and Salon

Parrot Eyes

Peggy Paris

Peggy Trahan

Port Isabel Animal Clinic

Port Isabel Dental Associates

Ramada of South Padre Island


Rio Bravo Gallery

Robin Renee Hix

Rod Hunter

Rusty Pelican

Salazar Family Partnership

Sally Scaman

Salon Samuel’s

Shane Wilson

Shear madness

Sherry Morrey

Ship Shape SPI Gift Shop


South Padre Island Golf Club

Southern Wave Sailing Charters

SPI Mechanix Company

Steve and Joyce Fowler

Steve Macaulay/Poco Parte Wood Art

Suites at Sunchase

Susan Geery

Susan Spake


The Light House

The Palms Resort

The Pearl of South Padre Island

Thelma Davila

Tony Schaub

Toucan Graphics

Tropical Home Furnishings

Vicki Scharen

Voncille Zarra



Wanda Ballou

Welcome Aboard

Xavier Garza


Also, a big thank you to all the Sea Turtle, Inc. staff and volunteers for all their hard work. We’ll see you again next year in early September!!