Night at the Museum pulls in nearly $16,000 for history and fishing museum

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

Nearly a hundred people came out for the second annual Night at the Museum and Silent Auction event held at the Destin History and Fishing Museum

“I think we had a great event,” said Tara Wixom Destin, who serves as president of the board of directors for the museum. 

Patrons put in their bids during the silent auction held Friday night at part of the Night at the Museum.

“The turnout from our community and support was fantastic. The donations from local businesses were overwhelming and every single dollar made tonight goes back into the museum to help us keep moving forward with our mission,” Destin said. 

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People in attendance at the March 10 event had the opportunity to bid on 41 packages including two-night stays at The Resorts of Pelican, eight-hour pontoon rentals, sunset cruises on the Cruisin Tikis, fishing trips, golf packages and even packages for your furry friends. 

People had a chance to mingle and grab a bite to eat at the annual Night at the Museum and silent auction.

The auction items pulled in $9,376 and the 94 reservations for the auction totaled $4,700. Throw in $411 from a raffle and $1,300 more from donations, and the event pulled in $15,787 for the museum. 

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Throughout the night, people in attendance were served wine donated by Harry T’s and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Jimmy Shirah and other restaurants around town such as the Boathouse Oyster Bar, AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, Harbor Docks, The Shack, Mimmos and pies from the Donut Hole. 

There were 41 packages for patrons to bid on during the silent auction at the Night at the Museum event.

Local musician Shane Curle entertained under the tent outside while people relaxed and waited for the final winners of the auction to be announced. 

More than 80 people attended the annual NIght at the Museum event Friday night at the Destin History and Fishing Museum.

All proceeds raised throughout the night will be going back into the mission of the museum, which is “To preserve Destin’s history by stimulating interest in and understanding of the village of Destin, its history, and its fishing and tourism industries, through experiences that educate and inspire,” according to its website

The museum is located at 108 Stahlman Ave. and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Tina Harbuck sits on the Destin History and Fishing Museum board of directors