The North Carolina Coastal Federation is celebrating this year’s Pelican Award winners Aug. 7 in the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.
The awards program began in 2003 to recognize people and organizations that have shown exemplary coastal stewardship. The 2021 ceremony will spotlight 11 award winners from up and down the coast. Because the federation, which publishes Coastal Review, hosted last year’s annual award celebration online due to COVID-19, the 2020 winners have been invited to attend and celebrate in person as well.
“Each year this celebratory event recognizes extraordinary achievements by people to protect and restore our beautiful and productive coast,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the federation, in a statement.
Thickets are $50 for federation members and $60 for nonmembers for the evening celebration that begins at 5:30 p.m. with an awards program, followed by the Taste of the Coast with local seafood, fresh oysters from area oyster farmers, live music and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online at nccoast.org/celebrate, or by calling 252-393-8185.
The federation is encouraging event attendees to follow public health guidance and wear a mask if not fully vaccinated. Masks and hand sanitizing stations will be available.
This year’s auction features unique coastal items and experiences including a sailing adventure, oyster farm tours, fishing trips and more. Those who cannot attend the event can still bid online at by clicking “Auction” at nccoast.org/celebrate.
The event is sponsored by lead sponsors Carolina Brewery, Restoration Systems and Sea Glass Wines and premier sponsors First Citizens Wealth Management, Atlantic Reefmaker and Kyle & Kelly Elliott.