Our team protects marine mammals in our own Florida Keys backyard through conservation initiatives, groundbreaking scientific research, and by responding to over 650 sick or injured whales and dolphins to date. For over 35 years people have turned to us to learn about and swim with one of the most charismatic animals known to man, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.  Our mission is to be there whenever a wild whale or dolphin needs us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Many people ask, “How can I help DPMMR?”  The answer is simple!  You can help us by visiting and interacting with our dolphin ambassadors, by becoming a member of our DPMMR facility or by donating to our not-for-profit organization.  

Additionally, you can help us by attending our inaugural Connect to Protect Gala, which directly benefits our mission of saving whales and dolphins through conservation and rehabilitation efforts.

Connect to Protect 2019 First Annual Gala

Join Us At Our First-ever Gala!

The Connect to Protect Gala is slated to be DPMMR’s premier fundraiser, and is sure to be a legendary night for the Upper Keys!  The adult-only gala will take place at the brand new Baker’s Cay Resort on May 4, 2019.

The Gala will be one of the first grand events held at the newly opened luxurious Baker’s Cay Resort, which has been named one of the best new luxury hotels for 2019 by Travel + Leisure and GQ España.  Located at MM97 in Key Largo, Baker’s Cay Resort offers unparalleled bayside views of the Florida Bay.  This resort is truly a place “where life slows down and spirits rise.”

Our Gala will include a live auction, a silent auction, and raffles, as well as dinner and dancing.  Please see the tentative schedule for the event. Be sure to check back often for updates.

Tentative Gala Schedule – Saturday, May 4th

  • 5:00 PM - V.I.P. Entrance & Lounge Opens
  • 6:00 PM - Doors Open - Silent Auctions & Raffles Begin
  • 7:00 PM - Baker's Cay Signature 3-Course Meal
  • 8:15 PM - Live Auction
  • 8:45 PM - Dancing & Mingling
  • 11:00 PM - After Party

How to get your gala tickets

Tickets, Tables and V.I.P. Packages

Enjoy the spirit of the Connect to Protect Gala all year long by purchasing a DPMMR membership package.  Not only will you make a greater contribution, but you will stay connected with our marine mammal family year round.  In addition to enjoying the Connect to Protect gala in V.I.P. style, members will enjoy exclusive benefits such as the opportunity to make the connection of a lifetime with a complimentary dolphin interaction program.

Porpoise Membership Tickets - $500

  • Two (2) tickets to the Gala
  • Two DPMMR year-long memberships (see highlights below)
  • Mention in the Gala program
  • Tax-deductible value of $200


Bottlenose Dolphin Table - $1,500

  • One reserved Dolphin table for six (6) at the Gala
  • V.I.P. Lounge passes for two
  • Two tickets to the V.I.P. brunch on Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Two DPMMR year-long memberships (see highlights below)
  • ¼ page ad in Gala program
  • Tax-deductible value of $1,000


Pilot Whale Table - $2,500

  • One reserved Pilot Whale table for ten (10) at the Gala
  • Four V.I.P. Lounge passes
  • Six tickets to the V.I.P. brunch on Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Six DPMMR year-long memberships (see highlights below)
  • ½ page ad in Gala program
  • Tax-deductible value of $1,500


Orca Table - $5,000

  • One reserved Orca table for ten (10) at the Gala)
  • Ten V.I.P. Lounge passes
  • Ten tickets to the V.I.P brunch on Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Ten DPMMR year-long memberships (see highlights below)
  • Full page ad in gala program
  • Commercial played during the gala
  • Tax-deductible value of $3,000


DPMMR Membership Highlights

  • Unlimited admission to facility headquarters for members plus one guest per member.
  • One complimentary “Member-exclusive” Dolphin Interaction Program
  • Additional 10% off any DPMMR program.
  • 15% discount in DPMMR gift shop.
  • Complimentary photo packages for all swims.
  • All-access pass to members-only holiday event.
  • Member’s exclusive dry-fit long sleeve t-shirt.

General Admission Tickets

  • Individuals - $150
  • Couples - $250



Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor!

Baker's Cay Resort

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

FareharborAmFundAnimal NecessityMrs. Mac's KitchenThe Weekly NewspaperHobo's Cafe

Christy Hughs RealtorMariners Hospital


Opportunities to Become a Sponsor

If you’d like to become a sponsor, we have many unique advertising opportunities for local businesses. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500-$10,000.  In addition to the outlined benefits of sponsorship, all sponsors will enjoy social media shout-outs on all DPMMR official social media outlets, and recognition on the DPMMR website.  Additionally, all sponsorships are tax-deductible.

To Become A Sponsor Click Below or email [email protected]

Become A Sponsor

Tentative Sponsorship Opportunities & Associated Benefits

Beer, Wine, & Spirits Sponsor

  • Full-page ad in gala program
  • Name the gala’s signature cocktail
  • Logo on take-home pint glass for each guest
  • 30-second video commercial play
  • bar-top branding at each bar

Dinner Sponsor

  • Full-page ad in gala program
  • 60-second video commercial play at the start of the dinner
  • Ad/link embedded into the RSVP email/online form

V.I.P. Lounge Sponsor

  • Exclusive branding throughout the V.I.P. Lounge
  • V.I.P. Special Toast
  • Half-page ad in gala program
  • Unique outreach opportunity at V.I.P. Lounge

Entertainment Sponsor

  • Exclusive branding of the DJ Booth/Dance Floor
  • Quarter-page ad in the gala program
  • Special evening shout-out

Party with a Porpoise Sponsor

  • Host of the “After Party with the President”
  • Half-page ad in the gala program

Marine Mammals & Mimosas Sponsor

  • Exclusive branding of the V.I.P. brunch
  • Half-page ad in the gala program
  • Logo on take-home champagne flutes
  • Advertising opportunity during brunch

Marketing & Print Sponsor

  • Ad in program commensurate of level of sponsorship

To Learn More About Becoming A Sponsor Please Fill out the Form below.