The R/V Patricia Campbell deploys 2.5 million spat-on-shell in a new area on Cooks Point Sanctuary Reef near Tilghman Island. Copyright Erika Nortemann The Patricia Campbell deploys 2.5 million spat-on-shell in a new area on Cooks Point Sanctuary Reef near Tilghman Island. © Erika Nortemann.

The Orvis Company

Every year, with the help of generous donors, like The Orvis Company, and hardworking volunteers who donate their time and energy, CBF plants millions of baby oysters in local waters.

This year, CBF is in remarkable company as one of only four organizations chosen as a recipient of The Orvis Company's 2014 Orvis Customer Matching Grant program. CBF was selected to receive a $30,000 challenge grant from Orvis that will match customer donations 1:1 through the year, up to $30,000.

This challenge grant will support CBF's oyster restoration work in Maryland and Virginia, improving water quality and providing essential habitat for a wide range of marine plants and animals. Through our Oyster Restoration Centers in Shady Side, Maryland and Gloucester Point, Virginia—and with the help of thousands of volunteers—CBF will build hundreds of concrete reef balls. These reef balls will be set with spat, juvenile oysters, and then deployed onto sanctuary reefs in the Choptank River in Maryland and the Lafayette River in Virginia.

"Protecting the natural world and a love of the outdoors is not just a corporate commitment, but a way of life that resonates with all of us here at The Orvis Company. That's why we give 5 percent of pre-tax profits to protect nature. This year, a portion of this commitment goes towards the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's work in restoring the oyster population that is so critical to the health of the Bay," said Perk Perkins, CEO of Orvis.

To make a donation, visit, or send cash or check made payable to CBF to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, c/o The Orvis Company, 178 Conservation Way, Sunderland, VT 05250, or make an online purchase at and tack on your donation to your purchase.

Learn more about the Orvis commitment to the Chesapeake Bay.

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