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Ostego Bay fundraiser to be held Dec. 4 at Bonita Bill's

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Nov 27, 2020

The Ostego Bay Foundation fish fry fundraiser will be held Friday, Dec. 4 at Bonita Bill's off Fisherman's Wharf on Fort Myers Beach

The annual fish fry and silent auction at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe & Tiki Bar to support the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center will be held Friday, Dec. 4.

This will be the 21st rendition of the event, which supports programs at the marine science center as well as a summer camp for children.

The waterfront event is sponsored by Bonita Bills Waterfront Café on Fisherman’s Wharf. The event starts at 5 p.m. and is expected to run until 8 p.m. The fish fry is offered at $12 per person with a portion of the proceeds going towards supporting the Ostego Bay Foundation.

The silent auction will feature items such as overnight stays at popular local resorts, jewelry, paintings by local artists and gift bags. “It’s a fun time for the community to see old friends and helps support the work that we do,” said Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center President Joanne Semmer.

“We’re going to be very cautious and we’re going to follow all the social-distancing precautions,” Semmer said. “We will do the best we can to keep everybody healthy.”

The marine science center, across the street from Bonita Bill’s, provides interactive educational experiences including exhibits, a touch tank, and estuarine aquariums meant to encourage stewardship of our natural resources. Those include a variety of marine life at the science center, including fish, a nurse shark, crabs, stingrays, seahorses and a lobster.

The science center, summer camps for youth, children’s fishing tournament and working waterfront tours are all part of the foundation’s mission to promote the understanding, preservation, and enhancement of the local marine environment through education and community involvement.

The marine science center earned a Trip Advisors 2020 Travelers Choice Award.

Founded in 1991, the Ostego Bay Foundation Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at http://www.Ostegobay.org/. Those wishing to donate to the silent auction, can contact Semmer at the marine science center at 239-765-8101.