Sunday, March 30, 2014

Harpoon Helped Cupid Splash in 2014!

-->Nearly 200 brave souls from the across the region plunged into the chilly waters of Boston Harbor on Saturday, March 29th and raised $31, 565 dollars from more than 300 contributors to support free beach programs at the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. Several dozen participants also splashed at Revere Beach, and raised $4,235 dollars for America’s oldest beach.

Funds raised at the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash will be awarded to beach friends and community groups in the region’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities to support free beach events in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull this summer.

“Harpoon is always happy to help Save the Harbor and our community,” said Charlie Storey, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Harpoon Brewery. “A quick dip followed by burgers and chowder and of course a refreshing Harpoon Beer on the beach. Its a great way to spend the first nice Saturday of spring!”

“What a terrific turnout” said Ronda Ivy McLeod, Manager Regional Marketing, Northeast at JetBlue Airways, on hand to support a team from JetBlue that raised $2,654 at this year’s splash. “We are always happy to partner with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for this event. Core to our mission is inspiring humanity, and whether it’s in the air or on the ground, we’re committed to bettering the lives of our customers, crewmembers and communities – and inspiring others to do the same.”

“It was a great way to have some fun on one of the cleanest urban beaches in America and raise money to support free events on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket this summer” said Bruce Berman, spokesman for Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay who helped organize the event. “Thanks to all of the participants and donors, and thanks to event sponsors Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue Airways, Russo Marine, Mix 104.1, the Boston Center for Youth And Families, NationalGrid, P&G Gillette, Comcast Massachusetts, Tasty Burger, Legal Sea Foods, the YMCA of Greater Boston and DCR for their support.”

Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104.1 and Donny Todd of Jet Blue choose the winners for best costumes. This year’s winners were Garrett Bergey, who splashed for Dorchester’s Beaches dressed as Donatello the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and Julia Vose, who splashed for South Boston’s beaches as a stunning jellyfish. They each received a round trip JetBlue Airways ticket as well.

The top three eligible fundraisers, who each won a round trip ticket on JetBlue Airways, were John Coyne, who splashed for South Boston, Carol Haney, who splashed for Revere, and Bridget Ryan, who splashed for Quincy.
The top ten fundraisers, who each won a Harpoon Hoodie were Bruce Berman, Joe Newman, John Coyne, Carol Haney, Mark Chrisos, Donnie Todd, Bridget Ryan, Robert Tucker, Mary Clare McGraw, and
Kelly Thompson.

South Boston and Revere topped the list for funds raised by beach again this year, followed by Lynn & Nahant and East Boston.
South Boston      $ 7,099
Revere               $ 4,235
Lynn and Nahant   $ 3,911
Constitution       $ 3,660
Dorchester          $ 2,050
Winthrop           $ 1,556
Wollaston          $ 1,204
Nantasket           $ 840

You can see a slideshow of this year’s Splash at

You can find a complete list of all prize winners on Save the Harbor’s blog “Sea, Sand & Sky” at, or on their Facebook page at

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