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Federation’s Pelican Awards Go Online

During this year’s Pelican Awards, supporters can win an all-inclusive oyster roast for 25 people with Oysters Carolina. Photo: File

Published by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Coastal Review Online readers can support the daily news service by attending the nonprofit’s annual Pelican Awards set for Aug. 6.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Pelican Awards and Virtual Coastal Social will be held online.

The virtual event begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 via Zoom with a coastal social featuring music and a special toast. At 6:30 p.m. the awards program will begin to honor Pelican Award recipients, people and organizations being recognized for their exemplary coastal stewardship.

The federation, a member-supported organization that works to protect and restore the coast, has in years past held its annual Pelican Awards, a celebration of the coast and coastal stewards, in Morehead City. More than 500 supporters would gather for the awards ceremony and taste of the coast.

Among the awards, Coastal Review Online will be presenting this year an award for Dedicated Service to Coastal Community Journalism. In 2019, Coastal Review recognized Port City Daily a Pelican Award for Diligent, Vigilant Reporting on Coastal Environmental Issues.

Tickets are $20 for federation members and $25 for nonmembers. Register online. All ticket holders will also be entered into a drawing for a virtual door prize.

Bidding is open now for the online auction. The auction will be completely online this year, and will close at 8 p.m. after the awards program. Items include art, jewelry and the popular fishing trip with federation founder Todd Miller.

There is also a raffle to win a private, all-inclusive oyster roast package from Oysters Carolina for 25 people at the location in the state of your choice.

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