WESTPORT — Cuts to state funding won’t diminish the quality of this state park, if the Friends of Sherwood Island have anything to say about it.

The evening of Friday, Sept. 9 the group hosted its annual Shorefest fundraiser, which included lots of lobster, shellfish and a silent auction.

“It was the first state park in Connecticut,” said Sheila O’Neill of Westport, a longtime supporter, “and it has absolutely been a model for all the parks that have been developed.”

Proceeds will go toward beautification, as well as keeping the little-known Sherwood Island Nature Center on the east side of the park up and running.