This November the 9th marked Gulf Restoration Network’s (GRN) 2nd Annual Mississippi Fundraiser. This event is a great opportunity to meet some of Mississippi’s most well-known environmental activists, environmental scientists, local business owners, and environmentally conscious citizens.The fundraiser takes place on the Captain Pete, one of Ship Island Excursions’ boats. The boat ride begins and ends at Gulfport Yacht Harbor. Our guests experienced a 3 hour cruise in the MississippiSound enjoying a cool November evening in Mississippi, the occasional dolphin swimming alongside the boat, and a beautiful sunset. Party goers also enjoyed some delicious local fare. Food for the event was donated by Confusion Sophisticated Casual Dining and the beer was donated by Lazy Magnolia Brewery (thanks guys). This year’s hosts were Louis Skrmetta, owner of Ship Island Excursions & Board member of GRN, Robert Wiygul, Board Member of GRN, and Terese Collins, long time supporter of GRN and Mississippi activist.Funds raised from this event will support GRN campaigns like:Protect Our Wetlands Protect Ourselves: GRN Works to protect wetlands that are critical in providing flood protection and clean water. We watchdog government agencies to ensure that wetlands are not unnecessarily destroyed by new development.Healthy Waters: GRN works to protect and restore rivers and bayous throughout the Gulf of Mexico that are critical to recreation, fisheries, wildlife habitat, and drinking water. In Mississippi, we are committed to stopping the withdrawal of 50 million gallons of water a day from the Pascagoula River as part of the Richton Domes project.Every Fish Counts: GRN is calling on the Gulf Council and National Marine Fisheries Service to develop and enact effective regulations to end overfishing and provide for sound management of fisheries that is based on science.Thanks to everyone for their support! And if you weren’t able to make it this year, we sure hope to see you next year.Truly,Jessica NettoDevelopment Coordinator

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