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Lobster’s “Make-A-Wish” for a Great Cause

September 19, 2021 | 8:00am PST
Photographer & Journalist: Jesse Watrous
Copy Editor: Sam Moszkowicz
All photos are © Copyright Jesse Watrous. All Rights Reserved.

How to spend a Sunday and enjoy a plate full of lobster with delicious side dishes and also help a few charities? That’s what happens every year at the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach.

The Lobsterfest at Newport Beach is in their 12th year celebration for the end of the summer fun, entertainment and to raise funds for deserving charities.

The celebration is held at its new location, the Newport Beach Civic Green. Due to the ever growing attendance annually, the event had to be relocated to a larger venue.

This year’s attendance was close to 500 guests. A raffle drawing for a big screen TV, spa packages from Spa Gregories Newport Beach, and other great prizes.

Whole Maine Lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event and prepared on site along with boiled shrimp and clams, red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, freshly baked rolls, and dessert courtesy of The Bungalow Restaurant in Corona Del Mar.

Craft beer, premium wine, and alkaline water from Qure.

A constant long line of Lobster Lovers as Volunteers serve food and chop the lobster's in smaller pieces.

As guests feasted, they enjoyed live entertainment by The Pinch Me! Band and recorded music which encouraged people to dance.

The Lobsterfest Foundation benefitted the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and Inland Empire as well as the Corona Del Mar High School Sea Kings Football Team for their ongoing volunteerism and valued support for this annual event.

Net proceeds went to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and Inland Empire.

This year’s foundation of $7,500 check donation went to grant wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

REVIEW of the Lobster Meal & Event

“The lobster was the best out of the entire meal. There’s something special about a Maine Lobster that was flown to California and to be enjoyed as a special treat. It was juicy and tender by itself, without adding any melted butter or condiments. The side dishes were good, but the lobster was the star of the show.”

“I loved seeing people enjoy themselves again. People were talking, laughing, and dancing like nobody was watching. Our enjoyment benefited a few worthy charities.”

~ Sam Moszkowicz

The Lobsterfest Foundation would like to thank the following 2021 sponsors for their valued support of this year’s event:

Anderson Seafood City of Newport BeachCMC Inc. Marketing By Peggy Fort • CR + R Environmental Service • Spa Gregories – Newport Beach

• The Bungalow Restaurant • QURE – Nature Inspired Alkaline Water

A special thank you also goes out to the following:

• All Student and Adult Volunteers for donating their time • Corona del Mar High School Football Players • Make-A-Wish of Orange County and Inland Empire • Make-A-Wish Volunteers • The Newport Beach Police Explorers • Our Many Table Sponsors • Tim Brown, Stephanie Murguia, The Lobsterfest at Newport Beach Board of Directors and committee members for donating time and energy for the success of this event.

About Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Clawing Our Way to the Top!

The Lobsterfest at Newport Beach began in 2009 as a fund-raiser for the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Clubs. Now in its twelfth year, the Lobsterfest has created its own foundation and maintains 501 (c) 3 status. Since 2009, proceeds from the event have supported the Newport Sunrise Rotary Club, Costa Mesa Rotary Club, Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation, Leadership Tomorrow, Make-A-Wish ® Orange County and Inland Empire, and New Directions for Women.

In its first year, 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. After the 2010 Lobsterfest, the Newport Sunrise Rotary Club decided to take their fundraising efforts in a different direction and ultimately sold the rights to the Lobsterfest Foundation 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 civic leadership program. Leadership Tomorrow along with the Doc-In-The-Box of the Africa Project were beneficiaries of the 2011 Lobsterfest at Newport Beach hosted by Bacchus International.

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. Since that time, the proceeds from the Lobsterfest have supported several charities including Make-A-Wish® Orange County and Inland Empire, New Directions for Women, and over $27,000.00 to the scholarship fund for Leadership Tomorrow.

Since that time, the proceeds from the Lobsterfest have adopted the wish of eight children. This included Ireland M. - who was suffering leukemia wanted to experience Hawaii. Luc O. - living with Lewis-Metabolic Disorder wanted to meet Winter the Dolphin in Florida. Anton I. - a young boy living with lymphocytic leukemia, he wanted to travel to New York City with his family. Olivia Z. - who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and asked for assistance for her tuition to attend college. And we have granted yet another wish this past weekend.

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A Special Thank You to Peggy Fort of CMC Inc. Marketing 

for the Press/Media Invitation.

A Special Thank You to Sam Moszkowicz for Reviewing the food and event, and being the Copy Editor for this article.


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