On Friday, May 30, the Chesapeake Bay Trust will host its 16th Annual Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration at the Marriott Annapolis Waterfront hotel located in downtown Annapolis. This event will bring together 500 guests and is expected to raise close to $100,000 to help the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit, grantmaking organization that awards more than $5 million each year to advance restoration of local waters, environmental education, and community outreach throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region.
“We are so pleased that so many individuals and businesses alike are supporting this year’s Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration,” said Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “More than 75 organizations are sponsoring the event, and hundreds more are contributing through tickets sales and promotion, in-kind product contributions, and silent auction donations. We would not be able to do the work that we do without such great community support and we are incredibly grateful.”
The 16th Annual Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration will include food and open bar, a deejay and dancing, casino games, fresh shucked oysters, and a silent auction with more than 40 packages available. Both Constellation Energy and Exelon Generation are “Blue Heron” sponsors of the event, with M&T Bank, Wheelabrator Baltimore, Venable and the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim sponsoring at the “Oyster” level. Sponsorships range from $250 to $10,000 with a host of benefits provided. An additional 100 local businesses are also contributing their support through donated silent auction items, services and merchandise.
“Our rivers, streams, parks, and other natural resources are so important to each and every one of us and I think that’s the main reason why events like Treasure the Chesapeake are so successful,” continued Davis. “As the summer season approaches, we invite everyone who is as excited as we are about getting outdoors to consider joining us for this year’s celebration as we raise money to preserve and protect Maryland’s most treasured natural resources.”
The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration sold out in 2013 and a few tickets are still available for this year’s gala. To find out more and purchase tickets online, visit www.cbtrust.org/treasurethechesapeake.
Since 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded more than $60 million in grants and engaged hundreds of thousands of individuals in projects that have a measurable impact on the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and other watersheds of Maryland. For eleven consecutive years, the Trust has received a “Four-Star Rating” from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading independent evaluator of non-profits organizations, placing the organization in the top 1 percent of charities nationwide. Fully 90 cents of every dollar the Trust receives is directed to projects and programs that benefit the Bay and local communities. In addition to funds from events like Treasure the Chesapeake, the Trust is also funded through sales of Maryland’s “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plates, donations to the Bay Fund on the Maryland State income tax form, donations from individuals and corporations, and partnerships with private foundations and federal, state, and local agencies.