Representatives from The Annual Milford Oyster Festival committee recently distributed charitable funds to Milford non-profit groups.

The 2013 recipients include the Jonathan Law Post Prom Committee, Foran High School Post Prom Committee, Platt Tech Post Prom, United Way of Milford’s Adopt-A-Family program, Literacy Center of Milford, Beth-El Center, Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Milford Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club of Milford, BSA/Yankee Council, Milford Children's Trout Derby, Camp Happiness, Scholarship of Social Learning Benhaven and the Sandy Ground Project.

Also receiving funds were the Jonathan Law High School Key Club, Young Parent Program, Senior Housing Assistance Program, City of Milford, Milford Animal Shelter, Milford Toys for Tots, Bridges Folks on Spokes, Milford Red Cross, Milford Troop 1 BSA, Milford Citizen's Police Academy, The Beacon, Senior Make a Wish, Kids Count, Concerned Citizen's for People with Disabilities, Heat for Heroes, and Whiskey Barrels (Harbor).

“The Milford Oyster Festival Committee is pleased to be able to support these organizations,” said Committee President Paula Smith. “Each one strives to make our community to be a better place. The success of the 2013 Milford Oyster festival and the contributions we are able to make is due to the can-do attitude of our citizens and volunteers. The over 70 civic groups that partook in the festival show what a caring community Milford is.”

On Saturday, August 16,  the Milford Oyster Festival will hold its 40th annual celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oyster Eve, a pre-festival event, will be held on Friday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information go to MilfordOysterFestival.org or call the festival hotline 203-878-5363.