CBEC hosts Wet and Wild Auc­tion

Record Observer - - Community - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

GRASONVILLE — Shut­tle buses were driv­ing back and forth on Dis­cov­ery Lane on Satur­day, Sept. 17, tak­ing at­ten­dees of the 12th An­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter Wet and Wild Auc­tion from their cars to the event cen­ter be­cause the rock road was flood­ing.

Gath­ered in the ed­u­ca­tion build­ing on the CBEC cam­pus, more than 300 peo­ple ate, drank and min­gled for the first 90 min­utes of the $100 a ticket event as the silent auc­tion took place. Lin­ing the ex­te­rior of the open hall were dozens of items for sale. Items ranged from signed base­balls and bats from Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als pitcher Stephen Stras­burg and Man­ager Dusty Baker to paint­ings and por­traits of East­ern Shore wildlife.

While the event go­ers net­worked and talked, Or­lando Phillips played the car­ib­bean drum on the out­door deck, groov­ing to songs of his own and of oth­ers. The deck, where peo­ple were sit­ting at ta­bles, over­looked the marsh grasses and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

More than 60 in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­pa­nies played a part in spon­sor­ing the event, rang­ing from “Di­a­mond­back Ter­rapin Spon­sors” to “Great Egret Spon­sors.”

Af­ter the silent auc­tion closed, peo­ple grabbed their buf­fet din­ners and sat in the out­door tent next to the build­ing for the live auc­tion por­tion of the fundraiser. Items for auc­tion in­cluded a va­ca­tion at Kerr Lake, an an­tique roll­top desk from the 1890s, an Es­tate Di­a­mond and Sap­phire bracelet and a stand-up pad­dle board, to name a few. Jeff Heisey from At­lantic Auc­tions was the auc­tion­eer.

Baker’s Liquors sup­plied the wine; Fields of Heather Bak­ery sup­plied the dessert; G&G Dis­trib­u­tors sup­plied the beer; and The Nar­rows Restau­rant sup­plied the din­ner.

Funds raised from the auc­tions will go to­ward CBEC ef­forts such as its cap­i­tal cam­paign to build a new ed­u­ca­tion pavil­ion to meet the needs of about 10,000 stu­dents it helps each year. The pavil­ion is es­ti­mated to cost about $350,000 and will have a 30 foot by 60 foot teach­ing space. The pavil­ion aims to be green sus­tain­able. Vickie Paulas with CBEC said the or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to have a shovel in the ground by next fall.

Other ini­tia­tives CBEC has taken on in­clude in­stru­ment test­ing for NASA, such as its kites and water mon­i­tor­ing de­vices to de­tect at­mo­spheric changes, its “first en­deavor” of com­mer­cial oys­ter mon­i­tor­ing and pro­duc­tion with Har­ris’ Seafood, es­tab­lish­ing a Mary­land nat­u­ral­ist pro­gram and with the help of the Na­tional Fish and Wildlife Foun­da­tion restor­ing a meadow for bees and but­ter­flies.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, lo­cated at 600 Dis­cov­ery Lane, is a wildlife pre­serve that was es­tab­lished in 1979 with the mis­sion of pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity through en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion and restora­tion.

Prior to the live auc­tion dur­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter’s an­nual Wet and Wild Auc­tion held on Satur­day, Sept. 12, a silent auc­tion was held. Items lined the out­side of its ed­u­ca­tion build­ing. Items such as ceram­ics, paint­ings and framed pho­tos were for auc­tion.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

At­ten­dees of the 12th An­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter’s Wet and Wild Auc­tion eat din­ner un­der a tent next to the ed­u­ca­tion build­ing.

Kristin Mor­gan waits for at­ten­dees of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter’s Wet and Wild Auc­tion on Satur­day, Sept. 12.

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