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Revere a big winner at the 2023 JetBlue Shamrock Splash!

Runners took off
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  On Sunday, March 12th more than 140 “Shamrock Splashers” hit the cold, clean water at Constitution Beach in East Boston and raised a record-breaking $57,000 at the JetBlue Shamrock Splash to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Program partnership with the Department of Conservation & Recreation.

   “The Better Beaches program invested more than ever in our community and beaches last year to focus on improving access for people of color, people with disabilities and non-English speakers” said Representative Jessica Giannino, who was on hand to thank the fundraisers and take the plunge herself. “I’m incredibly proud of the Commonwealth’s increased commitment in 2023 so even more people can experience these amazing coastal resources.”

   Revere was a big winner at the 2023 event, raising more than $2,795 for free beach events and programs!  “Last year, Save the Harbor awarded Better Beaches grants to Revere organizations such as Revere Parks and Recreation, NamaStay Sober and Revere Beach Partnership,” said Executive Director Chris Mancini. “This money was used to put on events like International Sand Sculpting, Chalk the Boulevard, yoga classes on the beach, festivals, and Haus of Threes Progress on the beach.”

   For the first time this year, Save the Harbor also hosted the Shamrock Dash which featured runners warming up with a 1 km race before participating in the splash.

   Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Executive Director Chris Mancini thanked their program partners and event sponsors, including JetBlue, Harpoon Brewery, FMC Ice Sports, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Coast Cannabis, the Daily Catch, Comcast, Mix 104.1, The Blue-Sky Collaborative, and The Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

   Mancini also thanked Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn, and Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston and the legislative and community members of the Commission as well as Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Ron Mariano for their support for our beaches and our communities. They also want to thank the Healey-Driscoll Administration, the Massachusetts Legislature, our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and the hundreds of people who took part in the Shamrock Splash for their support.

   Proceeds from this year’s Shamrock Splash will be invested in free “Better Beaches” events and programs on the metropolitan region’s public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull. More information is available on the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay website at www.savetheharbor.org.

Congratulations to top fundraiser
Congratulations to top fundraiser Dave Nardella of Charlestown, who raised $3,401 for Save the Harbor’s Shamrock Splash this year. From left to right: Charlie Storey of Harpoon Brewery, Maya Smith of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Representative Jessica Giannino of Revere, Donnie Todd of JetBlue, and John Murphy, Jeff Reagan and Dave Nardella of the Half & Half fundraiser, and Chris Mancini of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. (Courtesy photo)
Shamrock Splashers brave
Shamrock Splashers brave the cold water for a mid-winter plunge to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. (Courtesy photo)
Runners took off
Runners took off from the starting line as they competed in the first ever Shamrock Dash! This year’s participants won prizes for biggest fundraiser and best costumes, including flights on JetBlue and great swag from Harpoon Brewery. Participants also enjoyed empanadas, chowder, Arctic Chill Hard Seltzer and Harpoon after their splash. (Courtesy photo)
Participants had fun dressing up
Participants had fun dressing up and splashing in an entertaining display of costumes. (Courtesy photo)
Hundreds gathered
Hundreds gathered on Constitution Beach in East Boston for the 2023 JetBlue Shamrock Splash. (Courtesy photo)

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