Sea turtle hospital news: Reader’s Choice Awards includes our center

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 02:32 PM.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25, we are hosting local organizations from the towns of Holly Ridge, Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach and Surf City that have been so instrumental in getting us where we are today. Fire, police and rescue, members of all town hall staffs and elected officials (and members of their immediate families) can tour the hospital free of charge. It’s our chance to show our appreciation to all the towns and their staffs who have supported us over the years. There will be no public tours that Saturday, but watch this column and our Facebook page for possible, additional opportunities for public tours over the next months. 

Last year our volunteers were focused on handling a record number of patients, in two locations, and our board worked tirelessly to get the building completed.  Needless to say some of the “stuff” that we wanted to do dropped to the bottom of our list, and in some cases fell completely off the list. Now it’s catch-up time as we review and prioritize what we need to get done before our grand opening.

First: for all of you Family Giving Challenge donors, get ready to celebrate at your private event. You’ll tour the entire building, meet our turtles up close and party till we all drop. May 31 — save the date. More details to come; it’s going to be fantastic fun.

Next: our website ( will be getting a makeover. At the moment we’re focused on updating patient information, including turtles up for adoption, and getting our gift shop catalog current. New items and the latest colors in apparel will be included. If you have questions about availability and colors before you place your order contact our online gift shop guru Peggy via e-mail at PayPal is the most convenient way to place your order. You can adopt one of our patients by clicking on the “Adopt-A-Sea-Turtle” link on our webpage. Also check out our Facebook page: The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center.

New: We’re offering gift certificates for the “brother/sister/niece who has everything” and other hard-to-buy- for family and friends. Contact Jean via e-mail ( for details.

Lennie: Yes, we’re working on “Lennie’s Fan Club” but that little critter is nitpicking every last detail until he’s completely sure we’re giving his fans all kinds of bennies. He seems to like the plush “Lennie” turtle that’s part of the package, but he’s still complaining that his image on the T-shirt makes him look fat. We’ll just have to force him to “bite the squid bullet” so we can move on with this project!

Newsletter: That one is mostly on me. There’s so much to talk about. It’s a matter of judicious writing and editing to the point where it won’t have to be published in several volumes and be delivered by drone. And Jean’s most likely agonizing over her “Director’s Message” for the issue. We humbly ask for your patience while we try to get it together.

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