Annual ‘Eskimo Outreach’ This Saturday at Mud City Crab House

Started as Cancer Patient Winter Fundraiser
Feb 20, 2018
File Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Mark the calendars for this Saturday, Feb. 24, and stop by Mud City Crab House from 12-8 p.m. for the 3rd annual Eskimo Outreach. Hosts Jetty, the nonprofit Jetty Rock Foundation, Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House and Mud City Crab House call the fundraiser “a community clam bake of arctic proportions.”

Event proceeds benefit community members in need – including the family of Mallory McBrien, for whom the event was created two years ago.

The indoor/outdoor Outreach will feature live tunes, food, craft beer, spiked hot beverages, cider, a hot chocolate igloo, kids activities and more. Music lineup includes: Joe Faronea, 12:15-1 p.m.; Chris Fritz, 1:15-2 p.m.; Jimmy Brogan Band, 2:20-3:20 p.m.; Sneak Attack, 3:40-4:40 p.m.; Third Watch, 5-6 p.m.; and Marty & The Martians, 6:20-7 p.m.

“We’ll also have local oyster farmers shucking behind the raw bar – this aspect helps us raise some funds for our film, ‘The Oyster Farmers’,” said Jetty cofounder Jeremy DeFilippis. “The event is really all about our LBI Region community, banding together during the winter to raise money. There are a ton of events in spring, summer and fall, but people are unfortunately still in need during Q1, too.

“We formulated the event to reflect the strength of our community, and that we are brave enough to endure the February weather with an outside event,” he noted. “There is also an inside portion, as Mud City is open for business this Saturday. We have a full schedule of local musicians, and a killer auction. We’re hoping even more people come out and join us this year!”

As owner Melanie Magaziner explained, “Eskimo Outreach started from our community’s desire to help someone very dear to our heart.” McBrien passed away in November 2016, but she remained present in “the overwhelming feeling of community spirit,” at the following year’s event, she noted.

“I hope for the same this year, and many years to come,” Magaziner added. “My wish is that this event is something that her children can be a part of and forever feel what we all felt last year. That for them, Mallory’s memory is not about cancer but her spirit and how many people she touched in her life.

“Please help us continue to help Mallory’s children, and to help other families in need.”

In the past two years, more than $92,000 was donated to members of the community.

Anyone interested in volunteering at Saturday’s event can visit

Mud City Crab House is located at 1185 East Bay Ave. in Manahawkin. —J.K.H.

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