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
Or virtually from anywhere!

Live & Virtual Engagement Opportunities

The Bay’s biggest night is back, and you’re invited! Join us to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay and present the Conservationist of the Year award to Will Baker at DC on the Half Shell, a biennial gala presented by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Washington, D.C. or virtually from anywhere! Not only will we raise a glass to Will's remarkable career, but we will welcome Hilary Harp Falk, CBF's president and CEO.

This unique event features local Chesapeake Bay oyster growers 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. All that’s missing is you!

The last DC on the Half Shell, held in 2020, raised over $600,000 in vital funding for CBF’s work. Funds raised this year will once again support programs including education and restoration efforts, including oyster restoration work in both Maryland and Virginia. Your investment enables us to plant millions of native Bay oysters throughout the Chesapeake Bay, ensuring that our shellfish friends will continue to clean the Bay’s waters—and serve as delicious treats—long into the future.

Sponsorship and Ticket Information

This year's DC on the Half Shell event offers both in-person and virtual attendance options. Should our in-person program be unavailable due to COVID-19, the event will move entirely to a special virtual experience.


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The following ticket levels are now available for purchase:

Live Event: $500
Virtual Event VIP: $500
Virtual Event: $100

In addition, attendees can commemorate Will Baker's legacy with an additional $500 donation in his honor.

Details on all ticket levels and the Will Baker Tribute donation are available on the Event Registration page.

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

COVID Safety Policy

Masks, social distancing, no handshakes, hand washing, surface cleaning.

The health and safety of our guests, vendors, and staff remain our top priorities. In compliance with D.C.'s vaccination policy, we require that all guests, staff, and vendors show proof of vaccination to attend the event in person. Additional safety procedures may be implemented in order to comply with local mandates and CDC guidelines at the time of the event. Be assured that all decisions are based on our confidence in providing a healthy and safe environment for participants and staff.

2020 DC on the Half Shell Photo Gallery

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