CBEC hosts Wet and Wild Auction
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.
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.