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NC Aquarium’s dive program renamed in honor of volunteer Bill Koebernick

A sponsorship in the name of Bill Koebernick will support the volunteer dive program at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Koebernick, who died in April, was a dedicated member of the aquarium’s dive program for more than two decades.

NCARI has stated the program will be renamed the “Bill Koebernick Volunteer Dive Program” in Koebernick’s honor and two plaques will be dedicated in his memory. One plaque will be located near the viewing area of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Gallery where he often dove and the other will be placed in the dive equipment area where volunteers and staff prepare to dive.

“It is our honor to name the volunteer dive program in memory of Bill Koebernick,” said NCARI director Larry Warner. “His commitment to two decades of volunteer dive service and his passion for our programs, animals and staff were incomparable. His name at our Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit will remind us warmly of what he meant to the program and staff here at Roanoke Island.”

The sponsorship was received through the North Carolina Aquarium Society – the nonprofit fundraising arm of the NC Aquariums – will allow the aquarium to make technological enhancements to the gallery that will increase guest interaction and appreciation of the animals and habitat there.

“Bill always came to the aquarium with a smile and he passed on that smile wherever he went,” said dive safety officer Shawn Harper.  “This generous sponsorship will breathe new life into how we all experience the aquarium and in turn pass on the joy it creates to others, just as Bill did for decades and will continue to do in-memory for the future.”

Following a memorial service for Koebernick on July 14, his father Bernie Koebernick spoke to the aquarium about his son’s service there.

“Bill was very proud of his time volunteering for 20 years and he really enjoyed the time he spent at the aquarium,” he said.

For more information about the North Carolina Aquarium Society, visit ncaquariumsociety.com. To learn more about volunteering, including with the Bill Koebernick Volunteer Dive Program, go to ncaquariums.com/Roanoke-island-volunteer.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to the mission of “Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.” The aquarium is currently closed to the public in accordance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” Phase Two. Visit ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island for updates and information.

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