Bealls Raises $200,000 to ‘Save Our Gulf’


Bealls Department Stores has donated more than $200,000 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for oil spill-related research. The Bradenton, Florida-based retail chain raised the funds following the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The store solicited donations from customers and raised funds through “Save Our Gulf” branded merchandise. “Last year’s oil spill is an ongoing issue that needs serious research and resolve in the immediate short-term,” said Mary Beth Fox, vice president of marketing for Bealls.

Conservationist Guy Harvey said the donation will help scientists learn how to maintain the biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico. “Through the support of the Foundation’s visionary friends, such as Bealls, leading scientists will develop new strategies to preserve the life that remains and restore the marine life that has been destroyed.”