On Saturday, March 24th, more than 200 supporters of Save the Harbor /
Save the Bay from 8 waterfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket
simultaneously dashed and splashed into the chilly ocean in the 2nd Annual
Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash. Together, they raised $31,500 from 550 donors to
support free events and programs on our region's public beaches in 2012,
including sand sculpture competitions, beach parties, and family reading and
This year the BCYF Curley Recreation
Center in South
Boston was "Center Stage" for the event, where more than
150 participants raised more than $21,000 to support the cause.
This year's biggest overall fundraiser was Save the Harbor / Save the
Bay board member Paul Giudice, who raised $2,500 even though he was not
eligible to win a prize. Northeastern
student Kasey Fitzgerald, an intern at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay, raised
$1,910 from family, friends, and co-workers to win a pair of round-trip JetBlue
Many participants sported Cupid themed costumes to demonstrate how much
they truly love their beach. Celebrity judge Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104.1's
"Karson and Kennedy" morning show chose Harpoon Helps Team member
Mike Pitt, dressed in a traditional Cupid costume complete with a tiny bow and
arrow, as the this year's "Best Dressed Cupid," earning him a round
trip ticket on Jet Blue Airways as well.
This year, dogs were able to take part in the Cupid Splash along with
their owners. State Representative Kathi Reinstein's dog "Molly
Reinstein-Denning" splashed in Revere
and raised $250. "Better her than me" quipped Rep. Reinstein.
"Molly really loves Revere
RoseLee Vincent was out of town on vacation this year, so she splashed
in Marco Island, Florida - and raised $465, saying "My body was in the
warm waters of sunny Florida, but my heart was
in the cold waters of Revere
The largest fundraiser and best dressed Cupid on each beach were
entered into drawings to win tickets as well. Carol Haney (who sported the best
costume in Revere) and John Coyne (who raised
$1,200 in Dorchester) will each receive a
round trip ticket courtesy of our friends at JetBlue Airways.
Following the Splash, Save the Harbor and Harpoon Brewery hosted
warm-up parties in each beach community. At the center stage in South Boston, participants enjoyed a warm bowl of Legal
Sea Foods chowder and a cool pint of Harpoon on the beach, while their Cupid
counterparts around the Harbor headed to local taverns to warm up, have a
Harpoon beer, and celebrate their successful plunge.
"What a great way to spend the first Saturday of Spring" said Charlie
Storey, Senior VP of the Harpoon Brewery, whose philanthropic program, Harpoon
Helps, co-produced this year's Splash and hosted the Center Stage event in
South Boston. "We are proud to be a part of it, and to support our friends
at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay."
"It is great to see so many people who really love their
beach" said Bruce Berman, spokesman
for Save the Harbor / Save the Bay. "Thanks to all who took part - and
especially to our partners at Harpoon Helps, JetBlue Airways, the Department of
Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Center for Youth and Families, National
Grid, Comcast, Legal Sea Foods, Russo Marine and the YMCA of Greater Boston for
Since 2008 Save the Harbor has awarded $125,000 in small grants to support
free,family-friendly events and activities on the region's public beaches in
Nahant, Lynn, Revere,
Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester,
Quincy and Hull.
Their community partners in the region's waterfront neighborhoods and
beachfront communities have leveraged that investment with additional cash and
in-kind contributions from local government and small businesses for a total
investment of $500,000 to support more than 100 free events and activities for
everyone to enjoy. This year's grants will be announced later in the spring.