CIB’s ‘Decked Out!’ Event Nets $22,926 to Preserve, Protect and Restore Delaware’s Inland Bays

Rehoboth Beach, DE: At sunset on Thursday, August 4th, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) held its 9th Annual Decked Out! event. A total of $22,926 was raised to support research and restoration on Delaware’s three Inland Bays.

“I would like to sincerely thank this year’s sponsors, donors, attendees, volunteers, and staff for helping to make this year’s event our greatest yet!” announced CIB Executive Director, Chris Bason. “By working together we raised essential resources needed to preserve, protect, and restore our Bays.”

Guests enjoyed food, drinks, company, and steel drum music as the sun set over the Indian River Bay. Silent and live auctions punctuated the evening. Donated auction items included local art, gift cards, fishing trips, specialty gift baskets, and a private wine tasting.

A light dinner was served courtesy of generous local restaurants. A raw oyster bar was provided by Hammerhead’s Dockside, with all shells collected and recycled for the CIB’s “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks Program.” The CIB would like to thank the Event, Featured Table, Food, Drink, Dessert, and Auction sponsors for their generosity in support of the Inland Bays.

Event sponsors included Sussex County Council, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), RK&K Engineering, and Kevin & Heidi Gilmore.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays, the water that flows into them, and the watershed around them.  With its many partners, the CIB conducts public outreach and education, develops and implements restoration projects, encourages scientific inquiry and sponsors research.

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