Stifel Shows Civic Pride with No Clowning Around Donation

Incredibly proud of our seafaring heritage, in 2016 southeastern Connecticut collectively celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Naval Submarine Base and Submarine School in Groton. The year-long celebration, titled CTSUBCEN, included programs, events and activities like the popular CT Sub Trail, a public art project. All the proceeds from the CT Sub Trail benefited the U.S.S. Groton Sail Foundation.
Through the generous support of strong community partners like Stifel, a “fleet” of 21 fiberglass mini-submarine sculptures, painted by local artists, were showcased for public view at sponsored locations throughout the region. The official CT Sub Trail sites included General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and many others. The map was also accessible via an Android/IOS app.
Mini-sub designs included shoreline scenes, hearts, flowers, abstracts, odes to works of art, even a Subway “submarine” sandwich.
Local artists Christine Derham, Claire Derham, Kayleigh White and Patrick White created "Clown Fishing Around" a tribute to the Disney/Pixar classic “Finding Nemo.” Made possible by a generous donation from Stifel, the bright beautiful sculpture greeted guests at the Mystic Seaport for the duration of CT Sub Trail.
With the goal of creating a long-term recognition for the Connecticut’s submarine heritage, Stifel donated “Clown Fishing Around” to Mystic Aquarium. Stifel is proud to bring the fun and frivolity of this patriotic clownfish to the nearly 750,000 annual visitors to Mystic Aquarium.
It is only fitting that “Nemo” found his forever home at Mystic Aquarium. Scientists from the Aquarium provide data to inform NOAA Fisheries about Clownfish (Amphiprion percula, as they are scientifically known) and sustainable aquaculture for the marine aquarium industry.
Together Stifel and Mystic Aquarium will continue to be #SubmarineProud! The mini-sub is located just outside the Main Gallery at Mystic Aquarium.