The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, in partnership with Save Sag Harbor and the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, will host the Save Our Seagrass Celebration to benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Meadows Program on Saturday, November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Museum’s Bridgehampton facility.
The celebration will feature a raw bar of locally harvested shellfish, freshly prepared Peconic Bay scallops, local wine and craft beer. All proceeds will support Marine Meadows programs, including local habitat restoration efforts and environmental education initiatives.
In the weeks leading up to the celebration, the organizations will launch the Save Our Seagrass fundraising campaign. As part of the campaign, local businesses and individuals can “adopt” eelgrass meadows in the vicinity of Sag Harbor. Several levels of sponsorship are available and include marketing opportunities and tickets to the November 10 celebration.
Proceeds from the campaign and event will allow Cornell Cooperative Extension staff members to conduct the required monitoring and restoration plantings needed to establish healthy eelgrass meadows that will serve as habitats for species such as winter and summer flounder, striped bass and bay scallops.
Additionally, proceeds will allow for educational opportunities offered at the South Fork Natural History Museum in 2013. The workshops will enable community members of all ages to learn about the importance of underwater marine habitats such as eelgrass, and get involved with the actual eelgrass restoration efforts by preparing planting units to be deployed by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SCUBA certified restoration specialists.
For information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase individual tickets to the Save Our Seagrass Celebration call (631) 852-8660, ext. 27, or visit marinemeadows.com, ccesuffolk.org and sofo.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the South Fork Natural History Museum.