On October 31, most folks are busy celebrating Halloween; but many environmentalists were having fun at the Hawks Pleasure Club in Essex – east Baltimore County, Maryland. The Back River Restoration Committee was holding a shrimp feast that drew 300+ supporters.
Great food! Great company! Great reasons to celebrate! What better way to spend a cool, sunny afternoon. See the slide show that displays some shots of the river – giving people a great view of what the funds were being raised to save and/or maintain. There are also pictures of the various political supporters who joined the cause. And, of course, there are some pictures of some of the people who are doing so much to insure this non-profit organization continues to operate and to make such a wonderful difference in the effort to restore Back River!
But along with raising money from the event, there were three more great reasons to celebrate on this beautiful afternoon!
The first reason to celebrate was the announcement by Brian Schilpp announcing the Rauch Foundation (a registered non-profit in Garden City, NY) has granted the Back River Restoration Committee $7500! While Rauch is headquartered in New York, it also has ties to Maryland and looks for environmental groups that meet their criteria. The BRRC application certainly did! Part of the Rauch mission focuses on the environment and works with groups promoting systematic change, groups that encourage regional thinking, has a commitment to partnering, and which can replicate work that demonstrates effectiveness through measurable outcomes. They feel it is important to connect with programs that can expedite progress by combining collaborative problem solving efforts with realistic and common sense solutions.
The second reason to celebrate was a donation of $500 from the Essex Rod and Gun Club. Check was presented at the fundraiser! (See picture)
The third reason, the Marine Trades Association announced a $500 donation!
It was a fun, exciting, interesting and profitable afternoon for all involved.
Watch this page for more stories from the fundraising, including one about floating wetlands and its developer. There will also be many more stories about the efforts of this very seriously active environmentally conscientious organization.
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