Kismet's 13th Annual Henry Gates Clam Shucking Contest to benefit the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition was a jam packed jumpin' affair, Tuesday, August 14 at the Out restuarant. Tennis pros were imported by Out owner Warren Lem from Florida for two tennis clinics for adults and children, corn shucking contest for the children, while participants crushed and crowded into the bar and under the tent buying tickets for everything from food, silent auction, chinese auction, raffles from beach bikes, to beach bags, to a date with beach boy lifeguard Jack that had the girls in a tizzy, to flat screen TVs, and the "biggies", a special surf board which went for $650, Norwegian Cruise Lines 7 night cruise for two - ocean view cabin - anywhere they travel, Southwest Airlines Tickets and seemingly anything that was not nailed down was auctioned off by huckster extraordinaire Pete Fasulo. A 50/50 netted $1436 (they had to call the winner at the beach whose exclamation was happily unprintable). In the midst of all this was the traditional high energy clam shucking contest which was won by Pat Robinson, first ever female winner, from the Chowder Bar in Babylon (note her French manicure was not compromised in the least). Time: 4:21 minutes!
Figures for money raised were still coming in at press time but it was $40,000 plus, Not bad for a beautiful midweek beach day.
by Jeanne Lieberman
They had a tennis clinic for little kids
the big kids they kept behind bars
Volunteers, Michelle Davis and Kelly Briscoe
Frank Gentile aka "Clam Boy"......nice mohawk!
"Punkrock Pete" huckster extraordinaire. (Buddy & Margaret look on)
....and the winner of the cruise is
Kismet's Lou & ChristineTancredi, the volunteer who sold him
the ticket, Clam Boy's mom, Janine Gentile
Margaret & Clam Boy draw for winner of 50/50
"Has anyone seen Puddin' around?"
Joel: See this is how is its done
Chef Andre from the OUT in intense competition
Big Ron won the massage basket - oils and all - Amelia is lucky
yes, the corn comes with it
I dunno, no one seems to want our wine
That's because they all want beer!!!
Dennis - can you shuck faster???
Major contender, Maddy
a pause for photo op for volunteers Kelly, Dorothea & Colette
new meaning to dining al fresco
I just love this event!
the dipsy dolly sisters
lets hear it for the girls!!!
the nicest supporter there
a date with lifeguard Jack (no chaperone), up for bids
Britney took out a loan, no,Nick you cant bid on this, not even in a dress!
Britney Metcalf won amidst cheers
Grace & Casey got Rob V!!!
Tom L former MC won the SouthWest tix - hey, I'm ga air me for Vegas!
he won something......but what
Randy from East Islip bid $650 for the surfboard
Michelle helps Margaret pick the 50/50 winner
I think it went well, don't you? I hear they raised over $40,000
and for such a good cause! Well, see you next year.