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The Calvert Marine Museum is hosting its annual Bugeye Ball on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the halls of the museum. This impressive event hosts about 300 special guests each year and raises funds to support the museum’s preservation and education efforts.

The theme for this year’s event will feature the exotic cuisines of the Pacific Rim — Hong Kong, Japan and Seoul. Guests will be surrounded with the fun and excitement of numerous gaming tables, live music from the Big Money Band and, back by popular demand, the distinctive dishes of Ken’s Creative Kitchen. Ticket holders receive $10,000 in chips to try their luck at the poker, craps and roulette tables to win chances for first-class prizes. This year, winners can take home a new iPad mini, an elegant piece of jewelry from Blair’s Jewelers, an extensive selection of premium wines from Port of Call Liquors, an original work of art from Tim Schierer, a catered dinner for 10 in your home or even a four-night stay at the beautiful Cove Point Lighthouse.

The Bugeye Ball has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the museum over the years and has been the foundation of many upgrades and additions to the museum’s exhibits and programs. The Lore Oyster House, Patuxent Small Craft Center, Cove Point Lighthouse, Discovery Room and so many other museum assets have benefitted from the generosity of those who have attended and sponsored this event over the years. It’s wonderful to see what a supportive community we have surrounding us, and the ball gives us a chance to actually meet and thank the people behind those donations.

The drawing of the raffle winner is a highlight of the evening. This year’s prize is a romantic trip for two to San Francisco. The winner will receive $2,000 toward airfare and will stay in a suite at the Hotel Triton, located just steps from the gates of Chinatown. Only 500 chances will be sold for $50 each, and the winner of the trip does not need to be present at the ball to win. There are no black-out dates, so you can plan your trip any time of the year.

Last year, the Bugeye Ball raised over $25,000 in support of the Cove Point Lighthouse preservation project. That funding helped the site open its doors for three-, four- and seven-day vacation rentals this past September. Projects like Cove Point are a prime example of what the museum is able to do as a result of the Bugeye Ball.

Tickets for this year’s event are $150 each and can be purchased online at Sponsorships for the event are also available and include event tickets, table naming opportunities and post-event recognition. For additional sponsorship information, please call Vanessa Gill at 410-326-2042, ext. 18.

Vanessa Gill, Solomons

The writer is the director of development for the Calvert Marine Museum Society.