Organizers Project Eskimo Outreach Raised More Than $50,000 for Local Families
Thousands of people who attended the second annual Eskimo Outreach, a clambake at Mud City Crab House this past Saturday, Feb. 26, contributed to what event organizers estimate to be more than $50,000 in funds, after event costs, to help local families in need.
“I don’t know if it happened because of (Superstorm) Sandy or when we really came together, but this community is amazing,” Melanie Magaziner, Mud City owner, told the crowd over a microphone.
The event, held in memory of local resident Mallory McBrien, who lost her battle with cancer this past November, will benefit her two children, Cedar and Piper, along with other area families. Financial accounts were set up for each of the McBrien children during the inaugural outreach event held last year, which raised nearly $100,000. The organizers plan to dedicate a portion of the funds to the kids during subsequent events.
Every dollar spent by attendees last year on food, beer and auction items allowed McBrien’s family to spend more quality time with her during her battle with cancer, McBrien’s husband, Tim, told the crowd on Saturday.
Most of the events held by Jetty and the Jetty Rock Foundation, the fiscal sponsor of the Eskimo Outreach, take place in the summer. But local residents are still in need throughout the year, said Jeremy DeFilippis, a co-founder of the apparel company.
“One of the reasons that we started this event was to raise money in the winter,” he stated. “There are still families in need in the winter, and most of our events revolve around the warmer seasons. I think the community would still come out in droves if it snowed. We’re so tight-knit and will always be dedicated to picking up those within our circle when they fall down.”
The family-friendly event, which included activities for the little ones from face painting and roasting s’mores to a photo booth and bounce house, also encouraged young children to become community activists.
“It’s great to see families there, and it feels good to know that when those little kids ask their parents why they were there, those parents will begin to explain the notions of community and ‘paying it forward’ to them,” said Ann Coen, Jetty Rock president.
Donations are still being accepted by texting Eskimo to 41444 or mailing a check to the Jetty Rock Foundation. —K.A.E.