The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center's annual Seafood Soirée has always been a big success. The event featured some of the area's best chefs preparing delicious seafood dishes at the historic Wamsutta Club.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for the usual Seafood Soirée have been put on hold.

Auction item - New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Instead, the Fishing Heritage Center has devised a new fundraiser for this year, a "Stay-at-Home Soirée." The event includes an in-person event on October 1 and an online auction that runs through October 10, with some great items to bid on, including the two items shown here.

Auction item - New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Heritage Center Director Laura Orleans visited Townsquare Sunday this week to discuss the "Stay-at-Home Soirée" and some of the challenges facing the Fishing Heritage Center after it reopened.

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard every Sunday morning at 6 on 1420 WBSM. The program highlights organizations and individuals seeking to improve the quality of life on the SouthCoast.

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