As if my last name wasn’t hard enough, I have now added another to the mix! I am happy to call myself Emily Markesteyn Kurilla now, since my marriage to Paul back in September. After a wonderful wedding and honeymoon I have jumped right back into preparing for our biggest and most exciting fundraising event of the year – the third annual “Oysters for the Ogeechee” Oyster Roast from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Isle of Hope Marina, 50 W. Bluff Drive in Savannah.
Thankfully after Hurricane Matthew the marina is up and running and we are thrilled to be returning to Isle of Hope as the event last year attracted a great crowd. Everyone had a lot of fun, and the outpouring of support and encouragement for ORKs work was inspirational. We’re grateful to everyone who came out, and we hope to have an even bigger showing at this year’s oyster roast.
It really is a fun time and good value for money. Tickets to this event are limited and can be booked in advance for $45 per ticket or $40 each for groups of two or more. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be an additional $5 each. Tickets include all the steamed oysters that guests can eat, plus an appetizing array of land lover’s food from Barnes Express, and a limited-edition specialty brew from Moon River Brewing Company. DJ Jose Ray will spin classic rock tunes as attendees bid on a selection of special silent auction items and check out raffle prizes. This year’s event sponsors include Milliken, Chatham Steel, Queensborough Bank, J.L. Williamson Law Group, Hasley Recreation, Bernard Williams Insurance, Claxton Poultry, Isle of Hope Marina, Southern Environmental Law Center and Royal Restrooms. We are very grateful to our sponsors as without them the event would not be possible. We also have available, only in advance, some VIP wristbands which can be purchased for $90 or $80 each for two or more. VIP wristbands include private seating with your own oyster table, server and a private bar.
I hope to see you at The Oyster Roast!
Emily Markesteyn Kurilla – Riverkeeper & Executive Director