Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Record Breaking Splash to Celebrate the End of a Record Breaking Winter

On Saturday, March 21st nearly 200 Cupid Splashers braved the cold and raised more than $39,000 at this year's Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash
to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Better Beaches Program

Nearly 200 brave splashers took a quick dip into the cold, clean harbor to raise money to support free programming on Boston's public beaches- and boy were they successful! 
Thanks to 609 donors we crushed our goal and raised $39,500 to give back to beaches friends groups and community organizations to run free events on the region's public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

Click here to learn more about why we splash! 

After the splash, participants were greeted with refreshing Harpoon Beer and burgers from Sullivan's as they warmed up for the beach party. Despite the flurries, everyone had a blast getting together to celebrate the end of the Wicked Winter of 2015- the sun even came out for a bit to help warm everyone up!

"What a fitting way to end the Wicked Winter of 2015" said Charles Storey, President of event sponsor Harpoon Brewery who splashed again with us this year. "A quick dash on the first Saturday of Spring across a snowy beach, a quick dip into the icy water of Boston Harbor, and a refreshing Harpoon and a Sullivan's burger on one of the cleanest urban beaches in America, to support a very good cause."

"It was record breaking winter and thanks to everyone who joined us on the beach it is going to be a tremendous summer." said Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. "Thanks to all our sponsors and friends for helping us make this year's Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash the best ever."

There were also great prizes for best costumes and biggest fundraisers 
thanks to our friends and partners at JetBlue!  

JetBlue Flight prize winners:
Best Female Costume- Tina Karas as Katy Perry with her Sharks
Best Male Costume- Michael Brenker as the S.S. Cupid
Top Two Fundraisers- Carol Haney and Lynne Crosby 
$500 and Up Raffle- Bob Tucker
All Participants and Donors Raffle- Joanne Hayes-Reines

Red Sox Tickets prize winner: 
$250 and Up RafflePJ McCann

"As a South Boston resident, open water swimmer, runner and triathlete I feel so fortunate to have the ocean in my own 'backyard' and feel a certain obligation to help protect it for others to enjoy," said Tina Karas, Best Female Costume winner. "The events hosted by Save The Harbor Save The Bay are just one way we can all come together, have some fun and help make a difference for such an important cause."

-Best costume winners Tina Karas as Katy Perry with her sharks, Monica Manning & Donnalee Guerin, and Michael Brenker as the S.S. Cupid with Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104.1 and Charlie Storey, president of Harpoon Brewery-

"This year, we are celebrating the weekend of World Water Day with our partners at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Our Boston and New England crewmembers look forward to teaming up with Save the Harbor every year for this cold-water plunge!" Said Rhonda Ivy-McLeod, Manager Regional Marketing, JetBlue Airways. 
"JetBlue's mission is to inspire humanity and we work hard to help protect our greatest natural resource-- the ecosystem. As an airline, we are taking action to help oceans and beaches throughout our network remain clean and protected so our customers and crewmembers are able to enjoy these shorelines, now and in the future."

-Team Harpoon gearing up to splash into the harbor-

-Team JetBlue warming up after the splash-

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Cupid Splash such a success! 

-Team Save the Harbor/Save the Bay-

Thank you to our sponsors:
Harpoon Brewery
Russo Marine
Mix 104.1
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
National Grid
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
P&G Gillette
the YMCA
The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
Food Should Taste Good
The Boston Foundation 

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