The Marsh Harbour Reef Ball took place on March 2 at the Jib Room. Celebrating Twenty Five years of environmental education, Friends of the Environment made sure the event was one to remember. With a silent auction, a vibrant live auction and the rocking sounds of local band “Suppa Time” the Reef Ball was a delight to many.
The event drew a large crowd of locals, second-home owners and boaters. The eclectic crowd mingles, socialized and met with Friends of the Environment staff. The silent auction, set up on the deck of the Jib Room, was a constantly ebbing and flowing with patrons looking for deals and steals and for those just looking to spend money on a worthy cause.
As the staff of the Jib Room and of Friends of the Environments bustled around to ensure a pleasant evening, few would realize the sloppy weather outside. All were cozy and dry in the expertly decorated, closed in deck of Marsh Harbour Marina.
As the crowd settled down, with a conch fritter in one hand and spirit in the other, the main event was hinted at. Those in attendance took their seats.
Before the live auction, however, several people and organizations were honoured for their involvement in raising awareness about Abaco’s environment. Local motorcycle group, the Scurvy Few was honoured, with member Sid Dawes present to receive the award. Chad Sawyer, local businessman, was also presented with a plaque for his efforts.
As dinners were being served to the now seated patrons, Michael Albury, the always-energetic auctioneer at these events, took the mic to raise funds for the environmental organization. Prizes included a ten pound box of crawfish tails from Marsh Harbour Exporters and Importers, a weekend stay at Firefly Resort in Hope Town, a weekend in Treasure Cay, a Junkanoo headpiece, and many other donated items that many happy bidders walked away with well under-value.
After dinner, Suppa Time took the stage to entertain and shake the guests up. They played many favourites and easy-to-dance-to hits.
Friends of the Environment is a local non-profit geared towards raising awareness and education about the environment. This year marked their twenty fifth year of service to the community. The funds raised will go towards educational projects.