The Riverview Dining Room was the setting for the Second Oyster Garden Benefit Dinner sponsored by the Go Green Committee on April 12th. Two seatings provided sumptuous dinners for 155 residents and guests and raised $2,265 for Asbury's Oyster Garden Project.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a check for $2,300 by Len Zuza from the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society (SMOCS) and advisor to the Go Green Committee for the Oyster Garden Project. SMOCS ceased operations in December 2013 and voted to donate its remaining funds to the Asbury Solomons project. Sue Hu, Chair for the Go Green Committee, thanked SMOCS for the generous gift which will be used along with resident donations to plant 250,000 young oysters on a second breakwater this summer. This planting is expected to fill that breakwater to capacity and will bring the total number of oysters planted since 2010 to 530,000.
Matt Regan, another SMOCS advisor to the Oyster Garden Project, gave an update on the current status of Asbury's oysters. He had spent a large part of his day filming the oysters and assured residents that the oysters appeared to be thriving. A more accurate population count is planned for this summer.
The Go Green Committee wishes to thank residents and the dining staff for their support in making this event a success and thank SMOCS for their generosity. It takes our retirement community - and many dedicated residents and associates - to raise an oyster garden!