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10th annual Red Apple Awards dinner to honor UBS and Wilton couple

By Maritime Aquarium

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George & Carol Bauer of Wilton
For their commitments to environmental education, UBS of Stamford and George & Carol Bauer of Wilton will be honored with the 10th annual Red Apple Awards on April 23 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The awards will be presented during the Red Apple Awards Dinner, an annual fund-raising event that honors companies, organizations and individuals who share The Maritime Aquarium’s concern for the natural world and environmental education. This year’s awards – now in their 10th year – are themed to celebrate “A Decade of Dedication to Environmental Education.”

“In this milestone year for our awards, we’re so pleased and excited to recognize honorees who have repeatedly demonstrated the importance of investing back into the community, and have helped the Aquarium in doing so,” said Jennifer Herring, president of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Since 1997, when its U.S. securities division moved to Stamford, UBS has established itself as a pioneer in supporting community and educational initiatives in Stamford and beyond. Having been an ardent supporter of the Aquarium since 2000, UBS is a tried and true partner sharing in the mission of building a stronger community through the education and empowerment of younger generations.

“UBS is a proud and devoted supporter of The Maritime Aquarium, for the many ways that it enhances this community,” said Teresa Ressel, chief executive officer of UBS Securities LLC. “Long Island Sound, and the ocean, is right there and yet, for so many tri-state children, it could be on the other side of the world. But the Aquarium makes that vital connection, from a wide-eyed preschooler holding a sea star for the first time to middle-school students collecting data and understanding what impact we have on marine ecosystems.”

UBS is a leading global wealth manager, a leading global investment banking and securities firm, and one of the largest global asset managers. With headquarters in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS operates in over 50 countries and employs more than 75,000 people around the world.

George and Carol Bauer have supported the Aquarium for the last 10 years, making educational programs aboard the research vessel Oceanic available to underserved children from throughout the state of Connecticut. Cruises provide direct experiences with marine animals and habitats, motivate science learning and inspire conservation of our local ecosystem.

“We are deeply indebted to the Maritime Aquarium's staff for partnering with us for years of hands-on instruction to our children – teaching unique skills and giving them knowledge and an appreciation for the environment which surrounds them,” the Bauers said.

George Bauer, a retired IBM executive who is now an investment banker, and Carol Bauer have built a legacy of giving - of their time and treasures. They created the “I Have a Dream” program in Norwalk, which offers a higher education to 25 youngsters in a South Norwalk housing project as long as they stay in school. Both are deeply involved at Norwalk Hospital, where they serve on the Board of Trustees, funded a new neonatal intensive care unit and the Emergency Room, and Carol now serves as a hospital chaplain. The Bauers also helped to fund “Devon's Place,” a Norwalk playground where handicapped children play alongside those who have no disabilities, and “Healthyville” at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk.

Proceeds from the April 23 Red Apple Awards Dinner will support the Aquarium’s Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment, which helps to make the Aquarium’s unique marine-science programs available to students and teachers in the tri-state area who otherwise may not be able to participate.

“More than 40 percent of the 150,000 students who enjoy the Aquarium’s educational programs each year are from underserved districts,” said Herring, the Aquarium’s president. “Red Apple funding means that these children can go out on a boat for the first time in their lives, or thrill to seeing a live shark or a seal, or hold a crab and begin to understand how it is adapted to its environment.”

The awards dinner includes a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions, and a one-of-a-kind cocktail party throughout the Aquarium galleries, as well as the event’s awards ceremony. The Aquarium is pleased to welcome back Tony Award-winning singer-actor James Naughton as the night’s master of ceremonies, with a special guest performance by Kelly O’Hara, recent star of Broadway’s acclaimed revival of “South Pacific.”

For more information about The Maritime Aquarium’s Red Apple Awards Dinner, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2277.

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