Dana Point Lobster Beach Fest a success

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Story and photos by Andrea Swayne

The sound of shells cracking mixed with lively conversation and live music resonated as hundreds gathered at Doheny State Park on Saturday Aug. 16 for the Dana Point Lobster Beach Fest.

The fifth annual Lobster Fest, put on by the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, attracted 550 bib-wearing seafood lovers whose ticket and silent auction purchases raised approximately $30,000 for local charities, said Rotary Club President John Coffman.

“We felt we made significant improvements to the efficiency with which we served 850 lobsters at this year’s event. Lines were shorter or eliminated and we had great live music from start to finish,” he said. “We are very grateful for the support we received from the community and the city of Dana Point.”

According to Coffman, a few other important firsts helped make the event an even greater success. These additions included partnering with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of OC and the Inland Empire for volunteers and with the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, sponsoring the attendance of 40 Camp Pendleton-based Marines who are soon to be deployed to Afghanistan.

“It is always a great day when our Marines come to their adoptive city and we can host them and make them feel so special,” said Terry Rifkin, 5th Marines Support Group president. “Civilians had an opportunity to thank them for their service and our Marines got the warm and fuzzy feelings that they are supported by a grateful nation.”

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