End-of-Summer Events Raise $40,789 for the DE Center for the Inland Bays

10th Annual Fundraiser Nets $20,789 to Preserve, Protect and Restore Delaware’s Inland Bays

On the evening of Thursday, August 3rd, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) held its 10th Annual Decked Out event. A total of $20,789 was raised to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s three Inland Bays.

Guests enjoyed light fare from local restaurants, slurped salty oysters at an oyster bar, and enjoyed mixed drinks, as they mingled and bid on auction items. The CIB would like to thank the Event, Featured Table, Food, Drink, Dessert, and Auction sponsors for their generosity and dedication in support of the Inland Bays!

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Tidewater Utilities’ Charity Golf Tournament Raises $20,000 for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

On August 14, 2017, golfers “tee’d off for the Bays” at the 20th Annual Tidewater Utilities Charity Golf Tournament. Selected from scores of applications and following a judges panel review, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) was selected as the beneficiary of this event, with the money raised earmarked to enhance and expand the CIB’s Oyster Gardening Program and Oyster Shell Recycling Program.

The Oyster Gardening program is a restoration project that employs waterfront property owners to raise small amounts of oysters in the waters that surround their docks and bulkheads. Not safe for human consumption, these oysters are specifically used to improve water quality, protect young spat (baby oysters), crate habitat for other marine species which are the base of the food chain for fish, crabs and other species, and for various research and education purposes.

The CIB’s Oyster Recycling Program, “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks”, is a partnership between the CIB, the Nature Conservancy in Delaware, and 21 local restaurants which collects discarded oyster shell for use in restoration projects in the Inland Bays. These projects include providing stabilization in Living Shorelines and creating a base on which to grow baby oyster spat in the CIB’s Oyster Gardening Program.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays would like to sincerely thank everyone that sponsored, attended, and supported this event – and offer a very special “thank you” to Tidewater Utilities, Inc. a Middlesex Water Company Affiliate for selecting the CIB as their 2017 charity recipient!


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.