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May 20, 2014
On Wednesday, April 30, more than 300 supporters gathered at the New York Yacht Club for the annual New York Harbor Ball & the first-ever Billion Oyster Project Founders’ Celebration.
We were thrilled to have such incredible support as we kicked off the New York Harbor Foundation’s latest initiative, Billion Oyster Project!  Inspired and led by Harbor School students, Billion Oyster Project seeks to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next twenty years, and in the process educate thousands of young people in New York City about the ecology and economy of their local marine environment.
Guests at last week’s event enjoyed nearly 10,000 oysters of 16 different varieties and met with sustainable shellfish farmers hailing from the Carolinas to Maine.  The shells from every oyster eaten that evening were collected to be used as substrate for growing young oysters, which students will install at our reef in Buttermilk Channel.
After the BOP Founders Celebration, over 300 guests gathered in the unparalleled Yacht Club Model Room to honor Shari Austin from RBC and Brian Angiolet from Verizon, surrounded by the best silent auction yet, followed by a thrilling live auction hosted by Sotheby’s Hugh Hildesley. Made possible by the generosity of many donors, our annual Harbor Ball has become the party of the year for the New York maritime world, an opportunity for people from across the City– and beyond– to gather to celebrate the Harbor and show their support for maritime education.
Couldn’t make it on April 30?   Click here to view photos from the evening (password: oyster).  To get involved, click here to make your pledge to help restore New York Harbor, sign up here to learn about volunteer days and future events, or contact us at to discuss partnership opportunities.
The commitment of those who attend our annual gala– and all of you who support us in other ways– enables New York Harbor School to continue its mission: to provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students the ethic of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers on the water.
We look forward to your ongoing partnership in renewing New Yorkers’ connection to their maritime heritage through marine restoration and education.