The Lady Maryland Foundation, the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Sail Dredgers Association have announced a plan to raise $1 million to save the last 25 working historic skipjacks.
The campaign kicks off Nov. 2, with a fund-raiser hosted by the foundation and featuring guest speakers Charles Kuralt and Gov. William Donald Schaefer. To be held at Stouffer's in the Inner Harbor, the event will feature four regional cuisines, three bands, and a 600-person guest list that includes watermen, corporate VIPs, celebrities, preservationists, historians, environmentalists and educators.
The skipjack, the official state boat and a national symbol of the Chesapeake Bay, is threatened by decling oyster harvests. For more information, call James Bond, executive director of the Lady Maryland foundation, at 685-0295.