For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- More than 160 people attended Project LIFT's third annual Clam Bake fundraiser on May 11 on Hutchinson Island at the House of Refuge.
Building upon two successful years, the clam bake sold out a month in advance and helped Project LIFT generate three times more compared to previous years.
This year's event raised $28,000 from the silent and live auctions, sponsorships, event attendees and donations. After a seafood feast, the evening culminated with a comedy show that had the crowd laughing.
"We are thrilled with the success of this event," said Bob Zaccheo, organization founder. "Thanks to the sponsors and the 160 people in attendance, Project LIFT can continue to succeed in their goals of creating independent, competent and productive citizens of the community."
Project LIFT (Life Initiatives for Teens) is an organization with a primary investment in the lives of "at-risk" youth. By introducing skills that inspire youth to explore opportunities to be successful outside of delinquent behavior, Project LIFT challenges youth both physically and mentally while they interact with positive mentors.
Some of the hands-on work completed by Project LIFT students were featured in the silent and live auctions. Items up for grab were picnic tables built by the students and painted by a local artist, a restored 1979 Stingray C3 Corvette and a 14-foot flat glass bottom skiff that was constructed from scratch by the students in the program.
Each year the annual clam bake continues to grow as more and more people want to get involved to support such a great organization.
The 2014 Clam Bake is already in its planning stages.
To get involved or attend, call Bob Zaccheo at (772) 359-2554, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Project LIFT's website www.projectliftmc.com org.