The Mordecai Land Trust held their annual House Tour and Cocktail Party Fundraiser on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Beach Haven. The house tour ran from 2 to 6 PM and featured five houses, one 105-year-old newly restored historical home and four exquisitely designed custom built homes, as well as a coastal organic garden. The cocktail party and silent auction was held from 6 to 8 PM at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club overlooking Mordecai Island.

This year’s event sold over 400 tickets, a record for the Trust, and exceeded all past fundraising profits. Chairs Nancy Lampman, Cherie Finn, Pat Miller, and Elaine Stevens headed the event, with over 100 volunteers participating, along with donations from local businesses, restaurants, and individuals. Tickets were sold at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club and at Wyndecrest Home.

All proceeds benefit our efforts to stabilize and prevent additional erosion of Mordecai Island. This year’s fundraiser was designated to support their Pilot Living Shoreline Project, or “Oyster Castle” Project, a demonstration breakwater off the western edge of the island that the Trust is installing in partnership with ReClam the Bay.

The 12” x12” x 8”, 30 lb. Castles, which were placed in the water near the end of July, were arranged in various arrays, allowing for tidal flow and stability. Subtidal oyster colonies and ribbed mussel colonies placed in the high intertidal zones above them are intended to be established on the castles. This pilot project is the first demonstration to test this concept on a living breakwater.

The Mordecai Land Trust Board of Directors expresses our deepest appreciation to those who participated in this fundraiser! Your support enables us to continue our preservation efforts. We couldn’t do it without you! Many thanks!

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