Sand Dollar Guild

Preserving Our Oceans Through Educating Our Children


Join us for our annual Holiday Fashion Show

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Enjoy a festive fashion show featuring Sutton Place

Savor dinner from Gemmell’s Restaurant - included with ticket

Sip wine and champagne

Win fun holiday baskets in our raffle

Shop at Sutton Place’s pop-up boutique

Buy your tickets online

All proceeds benefit the Ocean Institute’s children’s education programs


What We Do



The Sand Dollar Guild is a group of dedicated volunteers who help raise funds for students to participate in the Ocean Institute’s marine science, maritime history, and outdoor education programs.

To date, the Sand Dollar Guild has raised over 1.4 million dollars, giving thousands of children the knowledge and inspiration to preserve our oceans.


Who We Are



We are a volunteer group within the Ocean Institute formed in 1988 to purchase the tall ship, Pilgrim, permanently on site at the Ocean Institute. Every year we support capital improvements, the purchase of new equipment or ongoing educational programs at the Ocean Institute. Currently, we support the ongoing operation of the Ocean in Motion vans, mobile laboratories for outreach to special needs and under-served students.


Battle of the Bands raises $15,000 for Ocean Institute’s children’s education programs



Our annual fundraiser for 2018 was Battle of the Bands featuring two amazing blues and motown bands: Brian Young and the Blues Station & the Blues Racket Band.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Ocean Institute through the silent auction and opportunity drawing.

The event raised $15,000 for Ocean Institute’s children’s education programs.





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