LagoonFest 2016

LagoonFest 2016

Shout Out for MRC LagoonFest 2016!


The MRC LagoonFest campaign successfully reached millions of people and engaged thousands in a joyous dance for the lagoon! Over 3,500 people were in attendance, representing at least 4 countries, 13 states, 36 counties, and 68 cities. We packed the house!

MRC’s LagoonFest 2016 event was an outstanding “edutainment” opportunity. Festers could ask a scientist about the lagoon, shop among area art and service vendors, participate in a raffle and silent auction, eat delicious food and drink Leesa’s Lemonade and of course FUNK OUT with George Clinton and PARTY DOWN with the P-Funk!! Such a great night and couldn’t have been without the hard work and support of many dedicated individuals.

Remember — we can all do something to save the Indian River Lagoon every day!

  • Remind a friend or neighbor to not fertilize the lawn this summer!
  • Attend a rain barrel workshop or pick up a kit to build a rain barrel at the Lagoon House!
  • Attend the MRC Brown Bag Lunch
  • Write an Editorial to the regional or local paper or your HOA newsletter with tips on protecting the lagoon.
  • More ideas here


Amazing group energy at LagoonFest 2016! George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic with Brandi with her kitty ears in the foreground. So much fun!


So many dedicated people dancing for a common cause, the Indian River Lagoon!! Thank you to the P-funk for a great night!


Zach Deputy rockin' the house with his one man music cacophony of sound at LagoonFest 2016 last night! Awesome Act!


MRC Personnel
Leesa Souto, Ph.D., Executive Director
Stephen Sharkey, Development Director & Event Coordinator
Maria Lombardo, Volunteer Coordinator & Learning Tent
Nick Sanzone, LagoonWatch, Rain Barrels, and Mangroves
Anne Mayer, Lagoon House Silent Auction & Raffle
Keeli Murdock, “Ask a Scientist” Tent

Guest Speakers

David Jackson, Congressman Posey’s Office
Representative Debbie Mayfield
Mayor William Capote of the City of Palm Bay

Hannah Briant
Patti Gorman
Dr. Kelli Hunsucker
Dr. Chuck Jacoby
Dr. Steven Lazarus
Josh Mills
Jane Provancha
Annie Roddenberry
Gary Roderick
Sally Scalera
Dr. Leesa Souto
Michael Splitt
Heather Stapleton
Jessie Stevens
Megan Stolen
Dr. John Trefry

Local Government Support
Brevard County Public Works
City of Cocoa
City of Palm Bay
City of West Melbourne
Space Coast League of Cities

Right Whale Sponsor
Cumulus Radio stations
WA1A 107.1
95 Rock Radio
Nash 102.7
1560 AM Sports Radio

Big Red Fish Sponsors
The Burger Inn on US 1
Finlandia Vodka
Florida Power & Light
Kohl's Cares
Modern Woodmen of America Fraternal Insurance

Sea Trout Sponsors
Bass Pro Shop
Carroll Distributing
Clear Channel
Dixie Crossroads
Florida Today
L.S. Sims Environmental Consulting
Old School Pizza
Residence Inn by Marriott and the Courtyard by Marriott
Sweetwater Brewery

Oyster Sponsors
Amanda Parker
Applied Ecology Inc.
Blue Turtle Magazine
Christine Moorhead Filliberto
Cocoa Beach Surf Co.
Craig Technologies
David R. Heil, P.A.
John Vecchio
Mustards Last Stand
Office Depot
Orleans On The River
Rick Anderson
Southeast Honda
Tim Shubert
Vern Mattioli
WFIT Radio

Silent Auction and Raffle Items provided by
Betty at Hair and Us Salon
Blue Coral Jewelry
Christine Moorhead Filiberto
Cooperative Medicine
D & H Magic Air, Inc. for A/C tune-ups
Dr. Peter Dovgan, Space Coast Vascular
From Olives and Grapes
Hemingway’s Tavern
Hook and Hunt Merchandise
Lou's Blues
Off the Traxx
Makoto Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
The Mansion Restaurant
Marion Music
Meehan’s Printing in Downtown Melbourne
The Melting Pot
Paddling Paradise
Premier Theater at The Oaks
Sparkle Car Wash
Squid Lips
Sweetwater Brewery
Tattopia Tattoos and Piercings
Victoria’s Secret
View From Above
Vixen Hair and Nails Salon
Yoga with Koah