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On Saturday, March 23rd, Homestead Gardens was the place to be in the South River watershed. Thank you to Homestead Gardens for hosting “One Shell of a Party” during their Spring Open House, which was appropriately themed Cherish the Chesapeake. Surrounded by a Chesapeake Bay mural, flowers, music, auction items, and great music, 300+ South River Federation supporters had an enjoyable evening bidding on a wide variety of items graciously donated to help us raise funds to continue our work to protect, preserve, restore, and celebrate the South River!

Scott Hymes and Joe Glumsic got the party started by playing great music throughout the night. Thank you to Scott Hymes for not only playing music, but also for being a great auctioneer! The Palate Pleasers served delicious culinary delights to all the guests. Katcef Brothers, Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, and Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. provided the beverages for the evening. And in true half shell form, John and Lori Orme of the West River provided and shucked the oysters for the event. We even had some oysters from Harness Creek!

Ron Tate was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedicated service to the Federation as a RiverWatcher, oyster grower, and more. John Flood was presented with the South River Hero Award for his lifetime dedication to the South River Federation. Ron Bowen also received the award for his leadership in helping Anne Arundel County identify its road map to restoration. The Don Riddle Corporate Stewardship award was presented to St. John Properties for their restoration of their site along Broad Creek which includes the cleanup of an old dump site.              

We could not have had a successful event without all the hard work of our Auction Chair, John McElderry, the entire auction planning committee and every single dedicated volunteer.

A huge thank you to everyone who made it happen, especially our 2013 Sponsors!

Rockfish, $2,500: BB&T; Mary & Barry Gossett

Osprey, $1,500: Flood Brothers Marine Consultants

Canvasback, $1,000: Oak Grove Marina; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Sandy Spring Bank; Severn Savings Bank; GreenVest; Lesley & Gary Geisel; Betty & John McElderry; Kent McNew; Victoria and Michael Wallace; Cindy & Westbrook Murphy; Tracey Wroe; Jenn & Ray Wulff

Terrapin $500: Lee Ann & Charlie Candon; Rhonda & Geoff Kaplan; Katherine & Preben Ostberg; Wade Lawn & Landscapes

Blue Crab, $250: Dan Cumberland; Jean & Dale Legal; Frances & John Koontz; Gayle & Dennis Murray; Annapolis Canoe and Kayak; Family Veterinary Clinic, Waterfront Marine


A special thank you also goes to:

Homestead Gardens ;  Rice Graphics Layout & Design; Palate Pleasers; Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits; Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company; Saucy Salamander;
Let it Be, Photography by Michael A. Sheehan