DC on the Half Shell

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5:30-9:00 p.m.
Dock 5 at Union Market   (Map)
1309 5th Street, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Please join us to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay and its beloved oyster. This one-of-a-kind event is a unique experience featuring local Chesapeake Bay watermen and their oysters. Enjoy live music, gourmet cuisine, cocktails, and the company of the region's top philanthropists, legislative decision makers, and corporate and community leaders.

2020 Event Information

This year, we are excited to celebrate with some of D.C.'s most acclaimed chefs. Guests will enjoy unique Chesapeake Bay flavors curated by Chef Jamie Leeds and Chef Amy Brandwein.

On behalf of Mars and the Mars Family, Frank and Susan Mars will accept the 2020 CBF Conservationist of the Year Award. Their bold commitment of $1 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, three pillar-plan to achieve sustainability in one generation, deforestation-free policies, and long-standing commitment to restore the Chesapeake Bay distinguish them as true leaders in the industry. This dedication to corporate responsibility focuses on supporting a healthy planet, empowering people, and nourishing well-being.

Together we will raise vital funds for CBF's education and restoration efforts. With your support, we will put nearly three million oysters on sanctuary reefs.

Sponsorship & Ticket Information

Individual tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $500 per person.
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Can't attend, but still want to support CBF's oyster restoration efforts? Make a donation

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Download our sponsor packet or Contact Taryn Dwan at tdwan@cbf.org or call 443-482-2111 for more information.


2019 Event Recap

Thank you to all our sponsors, guests, volunteers, and vendors who made the 2019 DC on the Half Shell such a memorable evening. Together we raised over $600,000 of vital funding to help restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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