Delaware Center for the Inland Bays hosting Decked Out party

On the evening of Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., people can join Delaware Center for the Inland Bays staff and supporters for the 11th Annual Decked Out fundraiser, featuring friends, fun and food — and raising money to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s three Inland Bays.

The event will be held at the CIB’s headquarters at 39375 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach, just north of the Indian River Inlet.

“Summer’s here, and the time is right for Decked Out — one of the area’s most spectacular evenings on the Inland Bays,” said Chris Bason, executive director of the CIB. “This year, we are excited to have local artist John Donato on deck, who will do a ‘live’ custom painting which will be on the auction block. Don’t miss your chance to bid on this one-of-a-kind piece. John is an amazing artist who cares about the bays and is dedicated to the center’s mission.”

Attendees can down some fresh oysters, enjoying light fare from local restaurants, live music and icy-cold beverages, while watching the sun set over Indian River Bay.

“This is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow friends of the bays, network with other entrepreneurs, and snap up some exciting excursions, opportunities and unique items in the silent auction!” Bason said.

Tickets cost $75 per person and sell out fast, CIB staff warned.

Sponsors can also receive perks, such as free tickets, event advertising, shout-outs and an invitation to the Advance Auction Preview. All proceeds of the evening will be used to support the center’s work. For sponsorship options and details, visit or call Development Coordinator Mary Knight at (302) 226-8195, ext. 108.