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Nov 2nd-4th 2018
Things Go Better With Clams
Gina Belli of Roseland for this year's slogan.
This is her 3rd year in a row winning the slogan contest!
Artwork for this year's
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The Sebastian Clambake Lagoon Festival is coming November 2nd, 3rd & 4th, and this year’s slogan is “Things Go Better With Clams,” submitted by Gina Belli of Roseland.
Fresh seafood booths, historic re-enactments, the Kid’s Zone, entertainment, the Press-Journal’s Clammer Jam, featuring some of our area’s best bands; demonstrations, vendor booths and more, will again be the focus in Sebastian’s Riverview Park from 2 PM to 9PM on Friday, November 2, 10AM to 9PM on Saturday, November 3, and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday, November 4. Admission is free – tickets will be sold for food and T-shirts.
The Clammer Jam runs throughout the weekend, with live music by The Mixers, Danny Morris Band, Lost in Da Mail, Ladies of Soul, Wiley Nash Band, Soul Jam, and Beatle Guys. Also performing are the Sebastian River High School Drumline, Brevard Equestrian Center, and the Sebastian Police K-9 Unit. Our DJs will keep the music flowing! As a special treat, Sebastian Muscle Cars will present a car show along the river on Saturday from 10-am-2pm.
The Sebastian Clambake, billed as a “Lagoon Festival,” celebrates our special way of life along the Indian River, which has been the life-blood of our community since the 1700s. The lagoon provides our people with recreation, tranquil beauty and has fed our people for generations. The Festival is widely known for the quality of its food: linguine with red or white clam sauce, succulent shrimp, hearty clam chowder, fried fish & clam strips, steamed clams, crab cakes, pizza, hot dogs, and sausage, pepper & onion sandwiches are our featured culinary delights. We will serve cold draft beer, draft craft beer from Sebastian’s own Pareidolia Brewery, Smirnoff Ice, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale, O’Doul’s non-alcoholic brew, and sodas! As an added touch, Pareidolia will provide two special craft beers, “ClamaJama IPA” and “Digger’s Golden Ale,” specially brewed for the Clambake!
The Sebastian Clambake Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, organizes the festival, and the proceeds are dedicated to local non-profit capital projects. Volunteers from our local community comprise the entire labor force. The Sebastian Clambake Foundation is comprised of these member organizations: Sebastian Soccer Association, GFWC Sebastian River Junior Woman’s Club, Sebastian Elk’s Club, Kashi Ashram, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 189, Sebastian River High School Athletic Boosters, Sebastian Property Owners’ Assn., Treasure Coast Rugby Foundation, and the Sebastian River High School Rowing Club. Each member organization has one vote in choosing the beneficiaries.
This year there are several organizations that will benefit from the event. Capital grants will go to the Economic Opportunities Council, Sebastian Soccer, Roseland Ecumenical Food Pantry, SRHS Rowing Club, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Kashi, and Treasure Coast Rugby Foundation.
The Ecumenical Food Pantry, The River Fund, SRHS Chum Bucket, the Prasad Program, SUMC Music Camp, SOS Cookies, and GFWC Sebastian Jr. Woman’s Club’s Science Camp will share the allocation for Program Grants.
The Foundation has granted more than $675,000 to local charities thus far.
Major sponsors for the 2017 Sebastian Clambake include J.J. Taylor Distributing, the City of Sebastian, Indian River Press-Journal, Home Depot, Coldwell Banker Paradise, Dale Sorensen Realty and RE/MAX Crown Realty.
Anjani Cirillo serves as the President of the Sebastian Clambake Foundation. She can be reached at Marc Gingras is in charge of vendors; email him at Please send an email to us if you would like to volunteer at the Festival. Like us on Facebook and visit our web site at sebastianclambake.com for more information.
Sebastian Clambake 2017 slogan chosen as well as festival beneficiaries
(Photo: JEREMIAH WILSON/ TCPALM)
SEBASTIAN — Running with the clams will be theme this year when the 2017 Sebastian Clambake Festival returns to Riverview Park from Nov. 3-5 with its new catchphrase “America Runs on Clams.”
Gina Belli, of Roseland, won the slogan contest for the second time with “America Runs on Clams,” which will be the central theme on this year's clambake T-shirts designed by local artist Lisanne Robinson. Her entry was one of 87 submissions to the Clambake Foundation. In 2006, Belli submitted “One Good Clam Deserves Another.”
“As always, there were some really clever submissions to the contest,” said Clambake Foundation President Anjani Cirillo. “People started submitting their ideas during last year’s event and continued suggesting them online via the clambake’s website.”
The Clambake Foundation members’ council approved program grants for seven organizations that applied including SOS Cookies; Sebastian River High School’s Chum Bucket program; The Prasad food program; the River Fund; United Methodist Church’s Music Camp; the Ecumenical Food Pantry; and the GFWC Sebastian Jr. Woman’s Club’s Science Camp.
(Photo: SAM WOLFE/SPECIAL TO TCPALM)
The Clambake Foundation members’ council approved 2017 program grants for seven organizations that applied including SOS Cookies; Sebastian River High School’s Chum Bucket program; The Prasad food program; the River Fund; United Methodist Church’s Music Camp; the Ecumenical Food Pantry; and the GFWC Sebastian Jr. Woman’s Club’s Science Camp.
Other beneficiaries who will share in the Clambake profits for capital improvement grants will go to the Economic Opportunities Council (Head Start); the Ecumenical Food Pantry; Treasure Coast Rugby Foundation; St. Sebastian Catholic Church; Sebastian Soccer Association; Kashi Ashram; and Sebastian River High School Crew, Inc. Amounts of the grants will be determined after the Clambake’s income and expenses are tabulated.
Cirillo said beneficiaries are chosen by the Clambake Foundation’s members’ council after a careful review of all applications.
"Our Board of Directors is very grateful to the members' council for their careful consideration of the proposals,” Cirillo said. “We are all excited to be able to help so many groups who do so much for Sebastian. We would also like to encourage our local businesses to participate as sponsors for this year's festival to help us raise money for our beneficiaries."
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.
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.
THIS YEAR'S BENEFICIARIES:
This year there are several organizations that will benefit from the event. Capital grants will go to the City of Sebastian, Roseland United Methodist Church, North County Ecumenical Food Pantry, SRHS Rowing Club, Elk’s 2714, Sebastian Sharks Football, Kashi, and Treasure Coast Rugby Foundation.
The North County Ecumenical Food Pantry, The River Fund, SRHS Chum Bucket, the Prasad Program, SUMC Music Camp, SOS Cookies, GFWC Sebastian Jr. Woman’s Club’s Science Camp, Pelican Island School Community Partnership and the Sebastian Boys & Girls Club’s Project Learn will share the allocation for Program Grants.
The Foundation has granted more than $675,000 to local charities thus far.
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.
Please submit application letter and supporting documentation via email on or before May 9, 2017 to:
We prefer that you email your information, but if that is not possible mail the information on or before May 9, 2017 to:
Sebastian Clambake Foundation
Attn. Board of Directors
PO Box 780436
Sebastian, Florida 32978
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