6 Reasons You Should Attend Our 20th Anniversary Bay Bash on December 8

6 Reasons You Should Attend Our 20th Anniversary Bay Bash on December 8

When: Friday, December 8 at 6 p.m. Where: GulfQuest Maritime Museum

It’s no secret - we love throwing a good party. We said we’re kicking Bay Bash up a notch this year for our 20th anniversary, and we meant it. But just in case you need a little more convincing, here are 6 reasons why you should attend our 20th Anniversary Bay Bash this Friday:

1. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry


What’s a good party without mouthwatering food and cocktails? To quench your weekend appetite, we’ll start the night off with passed hors d’eouvres, before enticing you with gourmet cheeses, fresh vegetables, a carving station with the finest meats, a “creole” station with gumbo and jambalaya, and much more. Then, you’ll need to wash the savoriness down with a cold beer, glass of wine, or cocktail of choice as you enjoy our guest speaker and main program for the evening.

2. Get Inspired

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Ready to get inspired for the new year? We’ll show you a video highlighting our plans for 2018 including a short appearance from Philippe Cousteau himself, a filmmaker, explorer, and advocate who is the grandson of the legendary scientist Jacques Cousteau. Plus, our guest speaker for the event will be Marc Yaggi, Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance, the international governing body of more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates around the world who serves as our parent organization. If anyone can inspire you to protect our precious water resources in Coastal Alabama, Marc is the guy - with more than 20 years of experience as an international water advocate.  

3. Blues 'Til You Drop

If you know anything about the local music scene, then you know Mobile’s very own “Gulf Coast Blues Boy” Jamell Richardson quite well. Whether he’s jamming on the stage of the MTV Hangout Festival or strumming his guitar while laying on a table in the middle of a packed house at Callaghan’s, Jamell is known for putting on a one-of-a-kind performance in front of any audience. Plus, he just released a brand new album, “Blues How I Wanna Blues”, so get ready to dance to his latest tunes as we celebrate our 20th birthday. Moral of the story - bring your “blues shoes” to Bay Bash, cause you’ll need ‘em.

4. Light up the Bay

photo by AL.com. 

photo by AL.com. 

No - this isn’t just a catchy tagline. We’re literally going to “light up the bay” to conclude our 20th anniversary celebration -- nothing says celebrate like a special fireworks show on the Mobile River! After you eat, drink, and dance, head outside to the balcony and watch the fireworks display on the river put on by our good friends from Pyrotechnico Fireworks Display Company. For those who do not attend Bay Bash, we encourage you to come watch the fireworks show from Cooper Riverside Park starting at 9 p.m. It’ll be one you won’t want to miss!

5. Waste Away in Margaritaville

photo by Hollywood Reporter

photo by Hollywood Reporter

Do the words “Margaritaville” or “Cheeseburger in Paradise” ring a bell? Jimmy Buffett - ding ding ding! As an honorary board member of Mobile Baykeeper, Mobile native, and someone who has always held a deep appreciation for our local waterways, Jimmy Buffett himself is donating a 2018 concert package to our silent auction at Bay Bash (more details to come). Yes, you heard that right! Bid on this premier auction item at Bay Bash and you’ll be “Wastin’ away in Margaritaville” or eating “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” in no time.

Plus, we’ll have plenty of other items to bid on including a special golf package from PGA professional and Mobile native Zack Sucher, autographed prints from Alabama Football coaching legend Nick Saban, guest stays at Turquoise Place in beautiful Orange Beach, fishing and sailing trips, premier local artwork, and much more!

If you'd like to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Development Director Justine Herlihy at jherlihy@mobilebaykeeper.org or call 251-433-4229. 

6. Invest in your Future


This year, proceeds from Bay Bash will directly support our growing water quality monitoring program. These funds will allow us to set up a lab to collect water samples from local waterways, analyze them for bacteria and communicate results to the public to ensure we all know when and where it is safe to swim. Given the fact that more than 27 million gallons of sewage spilled into Mobile and Baldwin County waterways this year, there’s no better time to support additional bacteria testing than now. Click here to learn more about our work on sewer. 

Your attendance at Bay Bash will help us better inform you and your family when and where it’s safe to swim, fish, or play in Mobile Bay and all of the surrounding rivers, creeks and beaches in our beautiful home of Coastal Alabama. Working together, we will all be able to enjoy clean water, clean air, and healthy communities for generations to come.

Are you convinced yet? We hope to see you at Bay Bash on Friday, December 8!

For more information, contact Communications Director Hanlon Walsh at hwalsh@mobilebaykeeper.org or call 251-433-4229.