The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, based in Biloxi, Mississippi, will hold its 37th annual $10,000 Drawdown on Saturday, September 17th. The museum's major fundraiser of the year, the Drawdown will feature food, an open bar and a chance at winning $10,000, as well as a silent auction.

The silent auction, available online at Event.Gives | MSIM Drawdown 22', began August 19th and will end at 8:00 pm the night of the event, the museum notes. More than 50 prizes will be auctioned off, including:

  • A four-night stay at the Mahogany Hall Resort in Belize in a deluxe suite, with a romantic candlelight dinner and bottle of wine for two;
  • A custom boat model of the winner’s choice built by master builder Ed Lewis;
  • The opportunity to join the two-time world champion Shed BBQ grill team at the world’s largest BBQ party in Memphis, Tennessee;
  • Moonlight Cruise aboard the Easy Ed for 12 people with a special charcuterie board and refreshments provided;
  • Guitar autographed by New Orleans Saints players Trevor Siemian, Ian Book and Marshon Lattimore;
  • Four Dugout Box tickets to a 2023 Biloxi Shuckers regular-season home game, plus bag, hat, shirt, mug and autographed baseball;
  • And much more.

Established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A new three-story, 20,000-square-foot building was constructed in 2014, featuring 1,400 square feet of exhibit space as well as a high-tech theater. Its exhibits include a commercial-fishing gallery, wooden boat gallery, Biloxi seafood factory gallery, environmental gallery and others. Its Grand Hall houses the Nydia, a 30-foot-long sailboat built in Biloxi in 1898, and the museum also owns two 65-foot-long schooner replicas.

Tickets to the museum’s Drawdown event are available on its website.

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