Rain prevented the Clamshell Foundation's 23rd annual Sandcastle Contest on Aug. 2 and on its rain date the next day.
"The worst part isn't the hundreds of disappointed contestants and spectators or that we couldn't re-schedule," Rossetti Perchik, the foundation's founder and director, said in an email. "The worst part is that we don't have the money to make the grants that we do every year."
Mr. Perchik named college scholarships, support of the food programs at the Retreat and 10 churches, shellfish seeding and boating safety classes among the causes that the Clamshell Foundation will have difficulty supporting this year due to the lost opportunity to raise money from the contest's registration fees, merchandise sales, and other donations. He had expected the contest to raise about $5,000.
"Both the Sandcastle Contest and the Three Mile Harbor Fireworks aren't just a couple of the most fun things to do over the summer. They are actually fund-raising events to support the people, programs, and projects here on the East End," Mr. Perchik wrote.
The foundation is still seeking donations to help its usual beneficiaries at clamshellfoundation.org, where T-shirts are for sale for $20 with $5 charge for shipping. Peter Spacek, who is also The Star's cartoonist, designed the shirts, which are available in sizes for youth, men, and women.
"We're all volunteers and we give away all the profits," Mr. Perchik said.