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Summer Is Here and the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguards Need Us!

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger
Photography Provided By: Josh Leith  Newport Beach Fundraisers

Since its inception in 1984, Newport Beach’s Junior Lifeguard program has provided the youth of Orange County with an opportunity to learn valuable aquatic skills, beach environment awareness and the role of ocean lifeguards. What began with two instructors and just 50 junior guards, quickly grew to a staff of 60-plus instructors and an average of over 1,000 program participants.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the NBJG program faced potential cancellation for the summer of 2020. That’s when former Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon and Helmsman Ale House, Newport Beach’s only craft brewery, decided to take action. Muldoon formally requested a modified version of NBJG that would allow additional age groups to participate and developed a revised program for reinstatement of NBJG for all age groups. 

“We are excited to have our community reopen, albeit with some additional safety measures. Children have been heroes in their own right this year with a list of sacrifices made from shorter school years to canceled extracurricular activities. Our team wanted to ensure this 36-year-old tradition was not one of them,” says Muldoon. To ensure that social distancing and other health requirements are met, this year’s program will require a significant increase in NBJG staffing, planning and equipment.

In effort to provide funding for these additional requirements, Helmsman Ale House and Muldoon will host a fundraising celebration on Thursday, June 25 from 5-8 p.m. Since the announcement of the fundraiser, there has been an outpour of love and support—over $15,000 has already been raised by the Newport Beach community.

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Join the fun and enjoy complimentary signature bites and custom NBJG-inspired Miss Mini Donuts at Helmsman Ale House’s flagship location in Newport Beach! Not able to make it? You can donate to the NBJG program via this link.

Helmsman Ale House
2920 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.220.9977 Newport Beach Fundraisers

Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program
949.644.3170 Newport Beach Fundraisers