Clawing Our Way to the Top!
Here’s how it all started and how the Lobsterfest evolved, branched off and became the fun community event that it is today.
The Lobsterfest at Newport Beach began in 2009 as a fundraiser for the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Clubs. Now in its eighth year, the Lobsterfest has created its own foundation and 501 (c) 3 status with beneficiaries that include Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire, and Leadership Tomorrow.
In its second year – 2010 – the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach became an exclusive fundraising event for the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and its lead beneficiary was the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation. Right after the 2010 Lobsterfest the Sunrise Rotary Club decided to take their fundraising efforts in a different direction and sold the rights to the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach for $1.00.
Tim Brown, one of the ‘founding’ committee members, took the Lobsterfest idea to the Board of Directors for Leadership Tomorrow with the thought that the event could be used to fund scholarships for their year-long program. The Leadership Tomorrow program is designed to help interested community members become more involved in civic leadership roles and activities and serves the Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach and Tustin communities. Leadership Tomorrow agreed to the ‘partnership’ and became the secondary beneficiary with the Doc-In-The-Box of the Africa Project in first position for the 2011 Lobsterfest at Newport Beach that was hosted by Bacchus International.
In 2012 Leadership Tomorrow hosted the event and designated Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire as the beneficiary. This year is the third year that the Lobsterfest At Newport Beach will grant a local child’s wish.
In April of 2013, The Lobsterfest Foundation was recognized as 501 c (3) Non-profit Corporation by the State of California and now has its own Board of Directors. In 2014 the Lobsterfest Board of Directors voted to support New Directions for Women (NDFW) as its third charity.
As the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach grows, the Board hopes to add additional worthy charities to its support list.
Enjoy your lobster and the other activities at the Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina today and join us again next year and bring a friend!