DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, Save the Harbor’s President Patty Foley, Carol Haney, Amanda Gourge, Sarah McRae and Adrienne Maguire at Saturday’s Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Better Beaches Awards Breakfast on the Boston Fish Pier.
Posted by: Christina Jedra Boston.com
On Saturday, June 15, 2013 Save the Harbor / Save the Bay awarded $30,000 in Better Beaches grants to 14 groups to support dozens of free public events in nine beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket this summer, including 1 group in Revere.
Among the groups selected to receive grants this year at Save the Harbor’s “Better Beaches” award breakfast at their office on the Boston Fish Pier was The Revere Beach Partnership, which was awarded $6,000 to support the National Sand Sculpting Competition on Revere Beach.
This year’s “Better Beaches” events include sand sculpting competitions, beachfront concerts, environmental education programs, family fun nights, reading nights, art festivals and beach programs in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
“The Boston Harbor region’s public beaches are important assets to the region’s residents and visitors alike,” said Patricia A. Foley, President of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “We are proud to support our partners in the city’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities as they work to share their beaches and the harbor with the region’s kids and families.”
Save the Harbor / Save the Bay launched the Better Beaches grants program in 2008 to help local communities and formal and informal beaches Friends Groups jump-start free events and activities on public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket with the support of The Boston Foundation.
Today the funds to sustain this program come from the annual “Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash” pledge fundraiser and Save the Harbor’s Better Beaches Program funding partners at Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue Airways, National Grid, Comcast Massachusetts, the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, Russo Marine and Legal Sea Foods.
“This year the “Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash” raised more than $30,000 from nearly 500 splashers and supporters to fund this year’s Better Beaches program grants. Thanks to all of you, and to our partners at the BCYF Curley Community Center and the Department of Conservation & Recreation for their support as well,” said Foley.
This summer Save the Harbor will once again host two Better Beaches events at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. These include the Youth Beach Bash and Splash, which will bring500 kids to the beach to celebrate clean water, and the Swim for Boston Harbor, a one mile, chip-timed competitive swim on one of the cleanest urban beaches in America.
Over the past five years, Save the Harbor’s community partners in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull have leveraged $143,500 in small grants received from Save the Harbor with $503,500 in cash and in-kind donations from local government and small businesses for a total investment of $647,000 in more than 150 free events and programs for the region’s residents and visitors alike.
In addition to the grants, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay also gave each group 22 one-inch diameter blue and white marbles to scatter on their respective beaches. Anyone who finds one of these marbles between July 4th and the end of the summer will be entered into a drawing to win round trip airline tickets from JetBlue Airways. “Like” Save the Harbor on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to learn more about this “Simply Marble-ous” summer treasure hunt.
This year’s “Better Beaches” grant recipients include: The Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach, The Friends of Heritage Park, The Revere Beach Partnership, The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, The Friends of Winthrop Beach, The East Boston YMCA, HarborArts, The BCYF Curley Community Center, The South Boston Neighborhood House, The City Point Neighborhood Association, The Friends of Savin Hill Shores, The Friends of Wollaston Beach, The Quincy Beaches and Coastal Commission, The Friends of the Paragon Carousel and The Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce.
About Save the Harbor / Save the Bay
Founded in 1986, Save the Harbor / Save the Bay is the region’s leading voice for clean water and the restoration and protection of Boston Harbor, the waterfront, our region’s public beaches, the Boston Harbor Islands and the marine environment.