Christopher Donato began working at Arnold’s in June of 2000. In very short order, Chris’ unassuming and soulful style won him the deep and lasting affection of all his co-workers. He was an exceptional human being. Instinctively kind and accepting, he was always the biggest heart and the smallest ego in any gathering. Chris worked at Arnold’s for eight seasons and, for those fortunate enough to have worked beside him, he was both an example and an inspiration.

On June 16th, 2012, Chris was murdered during a robbery of his apartment in Hartford, Connecticut. In September 2012, many of those whose lives were touched by Chris came together at Arnold’s to celebrate Chris’ life and established a memorial to him. It seemed fitting that we honor this gentle and selfless human being by creating a scholarship in his name. We are extremely proud and excited to announce  Jeffrey Moynihan, a graduating senior from the Nauset Regional High School class of 2015, as our third recipient of the Christopher V. Donato Memorial Scholarship. Past recipients of the Christopher V. Donato Memorial Scholarship include Lucas Parada, class of 2014 and Marjorie O’Reilly, class of 2013, both graduating from Nauset Regional High School. We are honored to announce that we were able to grant Marjorie another award for her junior year at Anna Maria College and Lucas another award for his sophomore year at the University of Arizona!

Please join us on Saturday, September 10th, 2016, for our fifth annual benefit at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar where all proceeds will be donated to the scholarship fund. We will be holding a raffle with dozens of prizes! Eddy’s Shoe, a Grateful Dead cover band, will be returning for the 5th year in a row to bring to life the music that Chris loved so much and to create a good-time feel to the evening! All are welcome for a night of great food, live music and good times!”

If you wish to offer your support, contributions of any size may be made, payable to the “Christopher V. Donato Memorial Scholarship Fund” and mailed to Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, P.O. Box 1568, N. Eastham, MA  02651. All donations are tax deductible.