Gulf Specimen Marine Lab hosting annual Shark and Chablis fundraiser Sunday

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PANACEA, Fla. (WTXL) -- This weekend is your opportunity to get up close and personal with sharks, enjoy lots of food and music, and help Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory continue their effort of research and protection of gulf water specimen.

The nonprofit laboratory in Panacea is hosting their annual Sharks and Chablis benefit on Sunday, May 18. This year's event will honor honor the organization's founder, Anne Rudloe.

The cost to attend is $35 per ticket. The benefit begins at 2 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m. In addition to a wine tasting, there will also be a seafood dinner and live music.

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory is a nonprofit dedicated to marine research and education. In addition to having an anchored aquarium in Wakulla County, they also have a mobile lab that brings the sea to the students by teaching them through a hands-on approach.

For more information, call 850-984-5297 or visit