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The San Clemente Ocean Festival this month delivered $1,250 checks to a pair of ocean-based programs in San Clemente and Dana Point that are meant to promote youth education and learning for local teens.

Ocean Fest presented the checks to the City of San Clemente’s Marine Safety Division for junior lifeguard scholarships, as well as the Ocean Institute in Dana Point for its Adopt-A-Class program, which benefits San Clemente High’s Marine Ecology and Science field trips.

San Clemente Ocean Festival President Jeff Beasley (far right) and Ocean Fest Executive Director Peggy Vance present a $1,250 check to San Clemente Marine Safety Capt. Rod Mellott and Marine Safety Lt. Sean Staudenbaur (far left) to support junior lifeguard scholarships. Photo: Courtesy of San Clemente Ocean Festival

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the local nonprofit that puts on the large ocean-based competition on San Clemente’s shores every summer has been unable to organize the yearly event for the past two years.

As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, Ocean Fest hasn’t been eligible for any of the grants made available to other nonprofit organizations during the pandemic. To raise funds, Ocean Fest has continued to sell its collector T-shirts, in turn helping the nonprofit give money back to the community.

“Despite not being eligible to apply for the plethora of pandemic-related loans or grants, we are happy to announce that we were still able to provide $1,250 each” to the two local programs, the Ocean Fest said in a press release.

Ocean Fest is looking to make a return to San Clemente’s waters on July 16-17, 2022.

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