Wednesday, September 5, 2012

We Found our Marbles on Carson, Malibu, and Wollaston Beach!

And the first three winners are...

When 100 JetBlue crew members and volunteers from Save the Harbor hit the beaches of South Boston for a beach clean-up in June, not only did we help the Department of Conservation and Recreation remove trash, weeds, and stray sand and debris from the shore, they also left something special behind for beach-goers to enhance their fun this year.

Find a marble on the beach and you could win 40,000 TrueBlue points for travel on JetBlue Airways

During the clean-up, each of the 100 participants "released" a single blue Save the Harbor / Save the Bay 25th Anniversary marble in the sand at the water's edge, kicking off a summer-long treasure hunt for the marbles and a chance for five lucky winners to receive 40,000 TrueBlue points from JetBlue Airways, where roundtrip award flights start at just 10,000 points.

To spread the fun around the region, in addition to the 100 marbles "released" in South Boston, over the summer Save the Harbor / Save the Bay and our community partners in the region's beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods released additional marbles on public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, Hull, and at Treasure Beach on Spectacle Island.

Over the course of the summer hundreds of beach-goers turned treasure hunters. By Labor Day, 66 treasure hunters had found marbles on beaches from Nahant to Nantasket, posting photos of themselves with their "marble-ous" finds on Save the Harbor's Facebook Page.

Helen Anderson found her marble on Carson Beach at K Street

On Tuesday, September 3rd Save the Harbor held a drawing at our office on Boston's Fish Pier to select the first three lucky winners. Helen Anderson found her winning marble on Carson Beach at K Street. Caitlin Cooper and her mom Michelle found their winning marble at Wollaston Beach in Quincy, while Susan Hardiman found her marble at Malibu Beach in Dorchester.

Caitlin Cooper and her mom Michelle
found their marble at Wollaston Beach in Quincy
"We take fun seriously at JetBlue and coming together with our long-time partner Save the Harbor / Save the Bay to clean up our local beaches while having fun fits perfectly" said JetBlue's Regional Marketing Manager Ronda Ivy McLeod. "We couldn't be more pleased with the level of excitement and reach from our Boston area customers and crew members."
Susan and her puppy with the marble
they found on Malibu Beach in Dorchester

Save the Harbor's spokesman Bruce Berman couldn't agree more. "Thanks to JetBlue for making the "Simply Marble-ous" treasure hunt such a success. They are a terrific partner, and we are lucky to have them here in Boston!"

Berman was quick to point out that the one-inch tempered blue glass marbles "released" on the beaches were both beautiful and environmentally friendly. They are made of recycled glass, which was made from sand. "Its a great way to encourage people to take a fresh look at our region's great public beaches" said Berman, "They are the real treasures here."

The "Simply Marble-ous" treasure hunt continues through Columbus Day, so be marble-ous and continue to hunt for marbles on your favorite public beach in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Quincy and Hull.

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