Giving back to the community
for more than a decade!
Nov 3rd-5th 2017
Take me out to the Clambake!
Thank you to
of Vero Beach
for last year's slogan.
Artwork for this year's t-shirts by
‘Take me out to the Clambake’ slogan for
By Janet Begley, Special to Treasure Coast Newspapers
SEBASTIAN — It will be clams and baseball this year when the 2016 Sebastian Clambake Festival returns to Riverview Park Nov. 4 through 6 with its new theme "Take Me Out to the Clambake."
The winning slogan, submitted by Vicki Whittaker of Vero Beach, was one of more than 75 submissions to the Clambake Foundation for this year's slogan competition. "Take Me Out to the Clambake" will be the central theme on the clambake T-shirts this year, which will be designed by local artist Lisanne Robinson. Whittaker will receive an official Clambake Festival T-shirt and $25 in food tickets for her slogan.
Clambake Foundation President Anjani Cirillo said "Take Me Out to the Clambake" was one of many fun options for this year's slogan.
"As always, there were some really clever submissions to the contest," Cirillo said. "People started submitting their ideas during last year's event and continued suggesting them online via the clambake's new website."
For the first time this year, Clambake Foundation members approved program grants for seven organizations that applied: SOS Cookies; Sebastian River High School's Chum Bucket program; By the River's food program; the River Fund; United Church of Sebastian; Kashi Foundation; and the Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Clambake Vice President Pat Riviezzo said he was happy more organizations will benefit from the clambake this year.
"In the past, we restricted ourselves to just capital projects but there are so many groups who could use our help," Riviezzo said. "We're very happy to fund these programs since so many of them help with food distribution to the needy."
Other beneficiaries from this year's clambake will include the Sebastian United Methodist Church, which will receive $2,000 for kitchen upgrades; the United Church of Sebastian will receive 40 percent of the remaining proceeds to build a playground for special needs children; Kashi Foundation will receive 40 percent of the remaining proceeds for walk-in refrigeration to store food for feeding programs; and the Sebastian Elks Lodge will receive the remaining 20 percent for their pavilion project.
Cirillo said beneficiaries are chosen by the members of the Clambake Foundation after a careful review of all applications.
The clambake, founded in 2002, seeks to build community spirit by focusing attention on the Indian River Lagoon and its importance to life in Sebastian. Since its inception, the clambake has raised more than $600,000 for local charities, according to their website.
SEBASTIAN CLAMBAKE FESTIVAL
When: Nov. 4-6 Where: Riverview Park, 600 U.S. 1, Sebastian Cost: Free admission, tickets for food and T-shirt purchases
One of 2014's recipients of the clambake beneficiary funds was the Sebastian Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center Pelican Porch. Remodeling is done, and there is a fresh new face on "Sebastian's front door".
Sebastian Clambake Honored with the Dyer Difference Award
L to R: Owners of Dyer Auto Group, Will and Tatiana Dyer present the Dyer Difference Award plaque to Anjani Cirillo, President of Sebastian Clambake Foundation with Executive Manager of Dyer Auto Group, Jonathan Hardie.
The Dyer Automotive Group has announced that the Sebastian Clambake Foundation is the recipient of their monthly $3,000 grant for July. This is the fourth time the Clambake Foundation has received this award. "We are so grateful to Will & Tatiana and their team for helping us help others," said Anjani Cirillo. To date, the Sebastian Clambake Foundation has given more than $500,000 to Sebastian area charities.
Since relocating to the area in 2008, the Dyer Automotive Group has continued its family tradition of giving back the community in which it does business. Each month, members of the Dyer Chevrolet staff meet to review the applications which have been submitted and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and $3,000 award. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer Chevrolet and Dyer Mazda Subaru staff, it’s all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org.
Last year's orginizations that benefited from the event:
Sebastian United Methodist Church
for kitchen improvements
Sebastian Elk’s Club
for their outdoor pavilion project
for improvements in food storage for their feeding program
United Church of Sebastian
for the Buddy Break playground for special needs children
To date the Clambake Foundation has granted more than $600,000 to Sebastian area charities.
Organization must submit a letter on its letterhead to Sebastian Clambake Foundation
that includes the following:
1. Name of the organization and its mission
2. Details of the project for which funding is being requested
3. Explanation of how this project will serve our local community
4. Amount of funding requested
Supporting documentation may include the following:
1. A list of the members of the organization's Board of Directors
2. The total budget for the project
3. Documentation regarding any organizations that are in partnership with the project
4. Other sources of funding already obtained
5. One or two letters of support from community leaders or others involved in the project
The Sebastian Clambake Foundation funds new construction or capital improvements only.
Requests for funds for programs or maintenance will not be considered.
Eligible projects are those that would occur anywhere between 77th St., near Wabasso, and the North Indian River County line, east of I-95. Additionally, projects located within two miles of this
area may be considered when two conditions are met:
1) the sponsoring organization is wholly based within the area, and 2) unique restraints associated with the project require that it be physically located outside the area.