Decked Out 2018 Raises Over $25,000 for the Bays!

Rehoboth Beach, DE — The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored, donated, and supported our Decked Out 2018 fundraiser! With YOUR help, we raised over $25,000 to support projects that preserve, protect, and restore Delaware’s three Inland Bays: valuable estuaries that support outdoor recreation, vital habitat for wildlife, and a booming local economy!
This annual fundraiser had folks sampling oysters from Hammerheads and 99 Sea Level, sipping on Dogfish Head beer, and enjoying orange crushes made by The Starboard. Guest auctioneer, Nicole Edenedo (of WRDE – NBC) auctioned off several larger items, including a 3-hour house party with a live performance by The Girlfriends, and a private tour of various breweries, wineries and distilleries with Sun Otter Tours. New this year, renowned local artist, John Donato, painted an exceptional work of art for the live auction, an item that brought in $2,000 alone!

Executive Director, Chris Bason said that Decked Out is one of the best events on the Bays, with support from  “Decked Out brings together people from environmental groups, area businesses, local and state government representatives and residents; all people who love and want to support the bays. We’re thrilled to have more sponsors this year than we’ve ever had before, and we’re excited to continue working to protect the bays with the support of so many people behind us”.

Lauryn and Frank Piorko step up to the photo booth!
We’d like to extend our gratitude to all of our 2018 sponsors, including our top five contributors: Sovereign Consulting, Inc. (Golden Pearl), Sussex County Council (Golden Pearl), Clean Delaware, Inc. (Watershed Warriors), Coastal Tented Events (Watershed Warriors), and Vickie York at the beach Realty (Watershed Warriors). Patronizing any of these businesses or seeing any of these people around town? Be sure to give them a great big “thank you” for supporting our Bays!
Additional sponsors for Decked Out 2018 included Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Dogfish Head, George & Barbara Junkin, Ken & Susan Sigvardson, Raymond F. Book & Associates, Rich Weissman & Patti Drago, RK&K, Town of South Bethany, Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, Ashton Group at the Beach, Barbara & John Sears, Cardno, Deepwater Wind, LLC / SkipJack Offshore Energy, Delaware Sea Grant, Heather’s Home Works, Hot Steam Carpet Clean, John Schneider & Susan Moerschel, L&W Insurance, NRG Indian River Power Plant, Pegasus Foundation, Susie Ball & Susan Delaney, Sussex County Conservation District, Tidewater Utilities, Inc., Carl M. Freeman Companies, Funland, Delaware Nature Society, Diamond State Financial Group and Nick Vali (Wealth Manager), and Select Financial Group.
Couldn’t make this year’s event? Stay in touch with us to get the inside scoop on upcoming events and next year’s “Black Pearl” event celebrating the Center’s 25th anniversary! You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@deinlandbays) and Youtube — or bookmark our website at
Next up: Art lovers can join us at Gallery One for an art exhibition on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.! This exhibition will feature scenes on canvas that are inspired by the James Farm Ecological Preserve: an oasis of natural land that sits on the southern end of Indian River Bay in Ocean View. Proceeds from sales of these works will support improvements that allow the Preserve to better educate and accommodate future visitors. Gallery One is located at 32 Atlantic Ave #A Ocean View, DE 19970.
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 and is one of 28 National Estuary Programs.  With its many partners, the CIB works to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays–the water that flows into them, and the watershed around them.
For more information call Amy Barra at 226-8105×103, send an email to  or, visit our website: