Meet Our Donors

Millions of people draw inspiration from the Aquarium and look to us to be a voice for the ocean and its wildlife. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and members, we are tackling the gravest threats to ocean health — threats not only to ocean ecosystems but to our planet's life support system.

Meg and Rich Donat, Ocean Legacy Circle donors since 2009

When it comes to Meg Donat's personal commitment to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and ocean conservation, she embodies the words "loyal" and "dedicated." She's a 35-year Charter Member and donor who began volunteering as a diver before the Aquarium opened. In fact, Meg started cleaning windows as soon as seawater flowed into the exhibits!

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Patrice Boeke and Tom Alburn, Ocean Legacy Circle donors since 2017

Like many Aquarium supporters, Patrice Boeke and Tom Alburn are passionate about scuba diving and the ocean — so much so they were married in Fiji on a diving excursion!

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Linda Sword Johnson and Virginia Sword, Ocean Legacy Circle donors since 2017

Martin and Virginia Sword were raised in the Santa Clara Valley and frequently visited the Central Coast with their young daughters, Linda and Sabrina. Virginia was an early advocate of ocean conservation and imparted the importance of environmental protection to her two girls.

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