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Save the Harbor/Save the Bay hosts Shamrock Splash at Constitution Beach

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  On Sunday, March 6 at noon, more than 150 Shamrock Splashers hit the cold, clean water at Constitution Beach in East Boston and raised more than $50,000 to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s “Better Beaches” program partnership with the state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). Proceeds from this year’s Shamrock Splash will be invested in free “Better Beaches” events and programs on public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

  “It was great to splash in East Boston this year,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Executive Director, Chris Mancini. “Thanks to Representative Madaro and Senator Edwards and all our friends and partners for making everyone feel so welcome at Constitution Beach.”

  Mancini thanked their program partners and event sponsors, including Arctic Chill and Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, FMC Ice Sports, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Coast Cannabis, The Daily Catch, Comcast, Mix 104.1, The Blue Sky Collaborative, Boston & Maine Webcams, BostonHarbor.com, The Boston Foundation and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Mancini also thanked Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) Co-Chairs State Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn and State Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston and the MBC legislative and community members as well as Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Ron Mariano for their support for the metropolitan region’s beaches and communities. They also thanked the Baker-Polito Administration, the Massachusetts Legislature, their partners at DCR, 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.

  This year’s participants won prizes for biggest fundraiser and best costumes, including flights on JetBlue and great swag from Harpoon Brewery, and enjoyed quesadillas, chowder, Arctic Chill Hard Seltzer and Harpoon after their splash.

  A short video of this year’s Shamrock Splash is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtectGBbNDQ – a recording of the event livestream is on BostonHarbor.com’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/VN_2ayhv17Y.

Newly elected State Senator Lydia Edwards of East Boston and State Representative Jessica Giannino of Revere joined event host and Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chair Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston in welcoming the crowd to Constitution Beach and thanking Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, which has invested nearly $2 million in free beach events and programs since the first Shamrock Splash in 2008. (Photos Courtesy of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay)

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Kennedy Elsey congratulated Costume Contest winners Jenn Brundage of Allston and Christian Matyi of the South End, who splashed as the “Grapes of Raft,” and Felicia Harwood of Worcester, who splashed as a stylish troll.

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