By Mary Pringle for Island Eye News
Photos by Barbara Bergwerf
Once again the Turtle Team is ready to celebrate the end of the nesting and hatching season with a party, on Sept. 28, to honor Jammer, our beloved loggerhead turtle rescued on the beach at The Windjammer in April of 2011.
Held at The Windjammer with wide support from businesses and organizations, Jammin’ for Jammer is now a tradition. The good thing about it is that it brings together so many in our community but also has a positive effect on sea turtle conservation right here in our area.
For those of you who are not familiar with Jammer’s story, he washed ashore near death, suffering from debilitated turtle syndrome, and was taken to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Turtle Hospital. After receiving excellent care there, he was released in May of 2012 at the Isle of Palms County Park, near where he was rescued.
The before and after photos did not seem to show the same loggerhead. The healthy, robust sea turtle carried for release by Isle of Palms Fire Department Chief Ann Graham and Windjammer co owner Bobby Ross was strong and ready for a new chance at survival.
It is especially exciting for the Turtle Team to be part of the effort to raise funds for the aquarium’s upcoming $5 million Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery exhibit, which will offer a learning landscape focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles.
This state-of-the-art facility will combine the best medical care with many special interactive educational activities for children and adults and is slated to open in the spring of 2017. Being on the southwest side of the main floor of the building will make it much more visible to the public, and special two-way glass walls will allow thousands of visitors to view the turtles and their daily care without any disruptions. Among the impressive improvements are an exercise pool and a CT scanner.
The party at The Windjammer this year will be bigger and better than ever thanks to our special sponsors, The Island Eye News, The Windjammer, and Allegra Design Marketing and Print. We are also grateful for the cash donations of First Reliance Bank and Greater Charleston Properties, The Boulevard Company.
There is a $20 cover donation to help raise money for the new hospital and a cash bar. Live music will be provided by Sweetgrass and the Knuckleheads and “Fletch,” our favorite giant turtle, will once again come from Juno Beach, Florida, to party with us.
We have been working on a handmade quilt for which the winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the evening. You do not need to be there to win. You can get more information and buy tickets for the quilt at bergwerfgraphics.com.
The free food this year will be better than ever from the best restaurants on our two islands and Mount Pleasant. They include The Windjammer, Morgan Creek Grill, The Boathouse, Acme Lowcountry Kitchen, The Village Bakery, Coconut Joe’s, Luke ‘n’ Ollie’s Pizzeria, Long Island Café, Banana Cabana, Sea Biscuit Café, Triangle Char & Bar, Saltworks Dockside Deli, The Dinghy, Home Team BBQ, Taco Mamacita, and Harris Teeter.
An exciting silent auction will include many works by local artists, a brunch with NY Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe, and tickets to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
So please make plans to bring your friends and join us at The Windjammer, at 10th Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. You will have a great time and help a very worthy cause.