The Pensacola & Perdido Bays Estuary Program (PPBEP) invites the community to celebrate the first annual Evening for the Estuaries Gala on October 12, 2023 from 6:30 till 9:00 at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Located on scenic Wolf Bay (a part of the Perdido Bay System), the Coastal Arts Center is a stunning fine art gallery displaying works by Gulf Coast artists. The evening’s celebrations will include live music, drinks, hors d'oeuvres (including local oysters!), a silent auction featuring items related to the Program’s mission, and giving back to the waters we call home. The fundraising gala will be an annual event that supports PPBEP’s education and outreach programs, such as the Panhandle Manatee Program, workshops for local teachers, student field trips, educational kayak tours, and much more. Private donations will serve as match for the Program’s applications to federal, state, and private grant programs. PPBEP has a prolific grant program and has secured over $21million in funding to support projects such as the restoration of Carpenter’s Creek, oyster education for local high school teachers and students, PPBEP’s Community Grant Program, restoring 1400 acres of oyster habitat (about 1,400 football fields worth!) in Pensacola Bay over the next 10 years, a Living Shoreline Cost Share Program that will launch in 2024, and many other initiatives.