Romance Leads New Donors to Mote
Patrice Boeke and Tom Alburn had each long been single - until fate intervened in the form of our own Genie Clark. Yes, Dr. Eugenie Clark, "the Shark Lady" and first director of the laboratory.
Tom, who grew up near Philadelphia and attended college in upstate New York, had met Genie back in 1989 and become one of her most trusted assistants on dives in Curacao, the Cayman Islands, the Red Sea, Thailand, Indonesia, Florida, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. He mapped the reef habitats of fish, measured the density of sand, created devices to aid in the collection of data, videotaped marine life as deep as 250 feet and performed a myriad of other chores that kept him busy with Genie one month per year for 12 years.
Patrice's background was quite different. She was born in California but moved to various places around the country while growing up. Patrice obtained a degree in marketing and eventually decided she'd love to marry if she could find "Mr. Right." It didn't happen quickly. Neither hobbies of horseback riding nor golf produced a fitting partner, but SCUBA diving finally did - and in a most unusual way.
In 1997, Patrice and Genie were both living in Bethesda, Md. They both frequented the same salon, yet they had never met. The owner of the salon overheard Patrice speak of her new interest in diving, so she gave Genie's home number to Patrice thinking she might be interested in going on one of Genie's trips. During their first phone conversation, Genie was so impressed with Patrice's enthusiasm that she invited Patrice to join an upcoming expedition to the Sea of Cortez to study whale sharks.
Additional expeditions followed where Genie came to know more about Patrice; she began to feel that Patrice could be a good match for Tom. Genie's first try at matchmaking was so successful that a romance blossomed immediately. To make the story short, Tom proposed. He wrote, "Will you marry me?" on a slate when they both were submerged 70 feet down in a rock quarry testing their dry suits! Tom and Patrice were married in 2003 in the Fijian Islands on the Naia, a live-aboard dive boat.
It should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that Patrice Boeke and Tom Alburn became Mote donors as a consequence of their shared interest. They designated Mote Marine Laboratory as the beneficiary of their IRA assets. This is just one of many ways to become a member of the Mote Legacy Society, some of which can give you a lifetime income and still leave Mote a generous gift after you pass. To learn more, talk to your financial adviser or contact The Development Office at 941-388-4441, Ext. 309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.