Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be auctioning off Winter’s masterpiece, “Winter Inspires”, on September 22nd, during a special event to celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of Dolphin Tale! For details (and to purchase tickets), go to www.ClearwaterStarSpectacular.com. Special thanks to M’Rissa Rosenthal, the artist behind “Winter Inspires”. 

If there are any sponsors who would like to donate their dolphin to be included in CMA’s auction, contact Linda Kay O’Reilly at 727-441-1790 x256. You’ll receive 2 VIP tickets to the event and sponsorship exposure. We’d love to have a pod of dolphins to auction off!

From USFSP News Center – Posted by Tom Scherberger

CLEARWATER (Aug. 15, 2012) – A new study by the USF St. Petersburg College of Business has found that the local economic impact of the movie DolphinTale will total more than a half-billion dollars next year and will triple by 2016. The impact on the local economy totals $5 billion over five years, the study found.

The impact of the popular family film was spread across all sectors of the local economy, from hotels to taxis, but was felt most directly at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where the real-life story is set.

The film had a two-fold impact on the local economy, the study found, generating jobs in 2010 during 55 days of production and continuing after it became one of the most popular films in the country. The impact will continue to grow through 2016.

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