$12,900 Raised at ‘Night on the Loxahatchee’ in Jupiter, Fla.

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The event took place at the River Center near Waterfront Properties and Club Communities’ main offices.

Homes for sale on the Loxahatchee River feature views like this.

Waterfront Properties and Club Communities knows how important the health of the Loxahatchee River is to the community and to the value of its clients’ riverfront homes for sale in Tequesta.

The annual event “Night on the Loxahatchee” attracted a crowd of more than 140 and raised much-needed funds to help support the nonprofit River Center’s environmental-education programs.

WPTV-TV’s Steve Weagle, the television station’s chief meteorologist, served as the emcee for the evening, which was themed “River to Reef” and featured tales about the notorious Trapper Nelson. Trapper Nelson was a local explorer and survivalist who lived on a rustic camp on a swath of Loxahatchee River land. The interesting presentation about Trapper Nelson was given by Barry Richardson, of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

Zack Jud, of Florida International University, talked about “Oysters in Our Estuary” and the role the shellfish plays in the health of the river and its watershed. Much of the watershed has changed over the years and now is dotted with developments such as Tequesta Country Club and Turtle Creek.

Also delivering an informational speech was Janet Phipps, a coral-reef specialist who works for the Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management office and is in charge of monitoring the area’s artificial reefs.

Waterfront Properties and Club Communities knows how important the health of the Loxahatchee River is to the community and to the value of its clients’ riverfront homes for sale in Tequesta. The ecological wonder offers recreational benefits for paddlers and is one of Florida’s two wild-and-scenic rivers.

A mouth-watering menu of river-inspired seafood was offered throughout the evening -- all created by Little Moir’s Food Shack on U.S. Highway in Jupiter, near Ocean Walk. Items included everything from friend oysters to fried gator tail. Guests enjoyed wines by African Tradition Wines and coffees by Oceana Coffee, a roaster in Tequesta.

Other activities at “Night on the Loxahatchee” were a silent auction, a raffle and a variety of door prizes. In all, more than $12,900 was raised for the River Center, which is a program of the Loxahatchee River District. The River Center offers hands-on exhibits, aquariums, touch tanks and a myriad of other displays run by a staff of educators. It also has a gift shop.

“Night on the Loxahatchee” sponsors included Cotleur & Hearing in Jupiter, Florida Power & Light in Juno Beach, Gentile Glas Holloway, O’Mahoney & Associates in Jupiter, Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, The Royal Café in Jupiter and Wodraska Partners in Jupiter.

For additional information about the River Center, call 561-743-7123.

For additional information about Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, call 561-743-7123.

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