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Chincoteague Bay Field Station participates in fundraiser

Chincoteague Bay Field Station will participate in the peninsula-wide giving day “Give Local 757” this Tuesday, May 3.  More than 150 non-profits in the 757 area code will join forces with local community foundations, with a goal of raising 1 million dollars in 24 hours. Last year, Give Local 757 had notable success, raising $430,000 for non-profits across the region.

“This will be Chincoteague Bay Field Station’s first year participating in the event,” said Development Coordinator, Elise Trelegan. “We’re kicking off our first year with a big bang, hosting an event at the popular hangout spot Chatties Lounge on Chincoteague.”

The Field Station invites the community to come out to support their organization, which aims to provide more hands-on experiences in coastal environments to local students and families on the Eastern Shore.  CBFS staff will be guest bartenders at Chatties from 5-9pm on Tuesday, May 3 and will be providing live entertainment and trivia through the night. “We’re asking folks to ‘skip the tip’ and make a donation instead” says Trelegan.

For those that can’t make it out to the event, and want to participate in the Give Local 757 movement, can visit www.givelocal757.org to make a donation to Chincoteague Bay Field Station or to any of the non-profits participating in the event like the Museum of Chincoteague or the Eastern Shore Food Bank. Minimum donation is only $10 so everyone can be a philanthropist.

This event is especially significant for small non-profits like the Field Station because businesses like Bank of America and Langley Federal Credit Union are proving funds to match donations throughout the 24 hours.

Chincoteague Bay Field Station will raise funds to support field trips for local schools and to support free family program like SPARK (Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge).  Trelegan adds, “We believe that by educating local kids about the environment they will be more likely to become stewards of the land.”

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