Get Out for the Bays!
In 2020, health and well-being have been at the forefront of our minds. Now more than ever, we are striving to take better care of ourselves and each other. One great way to do this: Get Out!
The human health benefits of time spent outdoors are widely known. Those that get their recommended dose experience lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, enhanced immune systems, and less anxiety. There’s no doubt about it: getting outside is good for us.
But in order for our community to reap the benefits of nature, we must ensure that we are taking care of our environment. Threats like pollution and habitat loss destroy natural places and if we don’t do our part to protect them, they will no longer be there for us to enjoy.
That’s why the Center is encouraging you to join our new initiative Get Out for the Bays! Throughout the month of September, you can show your support for the Inland Bays and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Together, we can ensure healthy communities and healthy Bays for years to come!
We Need YOU!
Typically, with the end of summer comes the Center’s annual fundraising event, Decked Out. Each year, we look forward to gathering the local community together for an evening of food, fun, and philanthropy to raise vital funds for the Center’s work to protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays. However, in considering the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we made a very difficult decision. For the safety of our supporters and their families, we’ve postponed Decked Out until 2021.
Though this particular event is not happening, much of the Center’s work continues on uninterrupted and we still need to raise vital funds so that our projects and programs can continue. That’s why we’ve created Get Out for the Bays, an exciting alternative to Decked Out that allows the Center and its supporters to raise money to benefit the Inland Bays while getting outside with activities we love.
If you care about our local environment and want to ensure its health for future generations, please join our efforts to Get Out for the Bays!
Step One: Pick an outdoor activity you enjoy and set a goal related to that activity. For example, if you enjoy kayaking, commit to paddling a certain number of miles throughout the month of September.
Step Two: Set a fundraising goal. It can be whatever amount you’re comfortable with, whether $150 or $1,500!
Step Three: Create and customize your very own virtual fundraising page to let people know about your chosen activity and why the Bays are important to you (instructions below).
Step Four: Share your page with your friends and family and ask them to support you by donating. All the money that you raise will benefit the Center’s efforts to protect and restore the Inland Bays!
Step Five: Reach your goals and CELEBRATE! You’ve raised important funds for the good of your community and had fun while doing it!
Don’t want to fundraise, but still want to support Get Out? Click the Donate button!
Setting Up Your Fundraising Page
- Visit givebutter.com/getout.
- Click the Fundraise button.
- Create an account.
You can use your Facebook credentials to log in, or sign up with your email address. Once you create your account, you will be directed to your very own campaign page. Be sure to take note of your page’s URL. Now, it’s time to customize!
- Click Edit My Page in the top menu bar.
- Enter your fundraising goal.
- Click Edit My Story.
This is where you should add a little bit about yourself, the outdoor activity you’ve chosen, and why the Inland Bays are important to you. You can also add photos and videos. Get as creative as you’d like!
- One last step: upload a profile picture!
Click the drop-down menu next to your name in the upper right corner and select My Profile. Upload a photo and you’re good to go!
Sharing Your Campaign
Now that you’ve created your campaign page, it’s time to share it with your network!
- Go to your fundraising page.
- Click Share in the top menu bar.
- Choose how you’d like to share your page:
- Copy and paste your URL into an email or text message.
- Click one of the social media icons to share across your feeds.
- Send automated email invites through Givebutter. Hint: this option makes your life super easy! Read the Givebutter guide to learn more.
Tips for sharing:
- Start with your closest friends and family. Their support early on will build momentum and make others more likely to give!
- Whether composing an email or posting to social media, be yourself! If something feels forced or inauthentic, scrap it.
- Provide regular updates. Let people know how your fundraiser is going by sharing your progress and any inspiring anecdotes you have about your chosen activity or the Inland Bays.
- Don’t be afraid to follow up! Not everyone will give the first time you ask but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to support you. Remind them that a gift of any amount makes a difference.
To provide some inspiration, here is a list of possible outdoor activities for fundraisers. Pick something you know and love, or try something new! Remember, these are only suggestions. If what you had in mind for your activity isn’t on this list, that doesn’t mean you can’t choose it!
Other Activities from Our Partners
“On the Hunt for Mother Nature” Family/Team/Group/Garden Club/Solo Scavenger Hunt
Inland Bays Garden Center
38320 Muddy Neck Road – Frankford, DE 19945
Open Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 11am-3pm
Need any outdoor activity? Visit our friends at Inland Bays Garden Center! Help raise funds for the Center as you complete a scavenger hunt at the 1.5-acre garden center. Don your mask, fill your water bottle and grab your clipboard to discover Mother Nature at work amongst native plants, trees, and shrubs. Keep your eyes wide open so you don’t miss anything! Once you’ve identified all of the items on the scavenger hunt, turn it in for a prize. Please call for an appointment to ensure a safe, socially distant experience!
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: “2nd Annual Race to Benefit the Bays” Paddle Race Open to All Ages and Experience Levels
Hyatt Place Beach
Van Dyke Avenue – Dewey Beach, DE 19971
Saturday, September 19th – First Race: 9:30am
Celebrate the locals’ summer and National Estuaries Week on beautiful Rehoboth Bay! Open to Paddleboards and Kayaks, there are races for all ages and experience levels. Every racer will receive a commemorative cup provided by Dogfish Head and winners will receive prizes! This is a great way to get your paddling miles in or get your fix of friendly competition.
To increase the impact of Get Out for the Bays, some of our community partners have pledged matching donations. If the Center and its fundraisers hit the total fundraising goal of $15,000, these businesses will fulfill their generous pledges in support of the Inland Bays!
If your business is interested in becoming a matching donor, contact Anna Short at firstname.lastname@example.org!
25th Anniversary Gala (2019)
Date: Friday, September 27, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Address: Hyatt Place – Dewey Beach,1301 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
ABOUT THE EVENT
Since 1994, the Center for the Inland Bays has worked with our numerous partners to fulfill our mission: to preserve, protect, and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays and their watershed. On September 2019, we invited our community to join us in celebrating our progress and ensuring another successful 25 years!
To commemorate our very special anniversary year, the Center did its annual fundraiser, usually known as Decked Out, a little differently. It was moved from August and into September, we took it offsite to the brand new, bay-front Lighthouse Cove Event Center at the Hyatt Place – Dewey Beach, and called it our 25th Anniversary Gala. The evening included an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, a raw bar, dinner, silent and live auctions, and live music by Hot Sauce. It was a legendary evening of fun and fundraising!
SPONSORSHIP AND AUCTION ITEM DONATIONS
Thank you to all the businesses that donated auction items or sponsored this event.
Decked Out (2018)
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone that attended, volunteered, sponsored, donated, and supported Decked Out 2018!
Featuring friends, food, and fun, this annual fundraiser had folks bidding on live local art, one-of-a-kind excursions, and unique gifts as we slurped on oysters, sipped on Dogfish Head beer, and raised money for our beloved Inland Bays! It is with the support of folks like yourselves that make our jobs not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable.
Check out the photo booth pics! Thanks to everyone who stepped up to the Decked Out photo booth — you all were FABULOUS! 😎 Please tag yourself, download for your own files, and share!
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!
Patronizing any of these businesses or seeing any of these people around town? Be sure to give them a great big “thank you” for supporting our Bays!