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Inland Bays “Get Out!” campaign raises over $20,000

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Rehoboth Beach  – Last month, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays called on supporters to get outside and do something they love while helping the Center raise money for its projects and programs through its  Get Out for the Bays! campaign. On Sept. 29, Get Out! achieved its fundraising goal and by the close of the campaign, raised nearly $23,000.

Pat Ragan (left) and John Grandy participated in the Get Out for the Bays! campaign by bird-watching throughout the watershed. | PHOTO COURTESY OF INLAND BAYS

“This is an incredible accomplishment and we are so grateful for all the fundraisers and donors who believed in this effort,” said Anna Short, the Center’s Development Coordinator. “Get Out for the Bays! wouldn’t have happened without them.”

Get Out for the Bays! started as an alternative to Decked Out, the Center’s annual fundraising event. Rather than risk the health of supporters by hosting an in-person event, the Center thought it best to plan something that would improve their health by encouraging them to get their recommended dose of time spent outdoors, which can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, enhance immune systems and lessen anxiety.

Fourteen fundraisers, including board members, staff and volunteers, rose to the challenge and set goals to hike and bike hundreds of miles, play over 1,000 pickleball games, stand quietly scanning the landscape for local birds and sharpen their nature photography skills. While doing some of their favorite outdoor activities, they called on their friends and family to support their efforts and the mission of the Center by donating. The campaign was also supported through matching donations by corporate partners, including Delmarva Power: An Exelon Company.

The funds will support water quality and habitat restoration projects, reforestation, youth education, wetlands protections and more.

“When we first hatched this idea, we weren’t sure what to expect,” Short said. “The response we received was overwhelmingly positive and folks had a lot of fun. It’s definitely something that we’re considering for next year, so please keep an eye out!”

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