Summer beach bash gets financial boost

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2010

Beach Fest Boosters: (l-r) Samantha Overton, DCR, Deputy Director of Urban Parks, Patty Foley, President SHSB, Maureen McQuillen and Deirdre Habershaw, both of the Dorchester Beach Festival.Beach Fest Boosters: (l-r) Samantha Overton, DCR, Deputy Director of Urban Parks, Patty Foley, President SHSB, Maureen McQuillen and Deirdre Habershaw, both of the Dorchester Beach Festival.

Good news this week for those who enjoy the annual Dorchester Beach Festival. Organizers have secured a $4,000 grant for this year’s celebration from the group Save the Harbor / Save the Bay. The funding from the Better Beaches Small Grants Program supports programming on the metropolitan region’s public beaches and are made possible by a $25,000 grant from The Boston Foundation, $25,000 of in-kind support from theDepartment of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and financial support of Save the Harbor’s corporate partners.

The Friends of Savin Hill Shores and the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association say that this summer’s festival will be held on Saturday, August 14 at Malibu and Savin Hill Beaches. The free one-day outdoor event will feature games, contests, interactive presentations and activities that will engage attendees in a celebration of the ever-improving Dorchester waterfront. A goal of the free event is to encourage families and individuals to enjoy the Savin Hill / Malibu shoreline while heightening awareness of conservation, water safety, health & wellness, recycling, history and more. Watch the Reporter and DotNews.com for more on the festival in the coming weeks.