LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Rotary Club of Lakeport is hosting a drive-through Crab Feed and Online Auction the weekend of March 13 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport.
The advent of COVID-19 one year ago caused nearly every service and nonprofit organization to have to cancel their fundraisers.
Lakeport Rotary was unable to hold the Konocti Challenge in October and its main fundraiser, selling the beer at the Lake County Fair, also was canceled.
“Service clubs and other charitable organizations in Lake County are in a tough place right now, given the COVID restrictions and the safety of our community members,” Strong pointed out. “Fundraising is so crucial to the success of these organizations. The money raised at these events is what is used to provide the impactful community service projects programs we all do. So now we pivot and time to think outside the box.”
This time of year there would normally be dozens of crab feeds available to those crustacean lovers of Lake County but so far there have been few.
To meet that need, Lakeport Rotary Club, with the help of its premier sponsors Adventist Health Clearlake and Pro Farms, is stepping up to offer a nontraditional crab feed experience by providing a sumptuous crab dinner with all of the fixings available for drive-thru pickup at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 13, between 5 and 7 p.m.
The dinners will include a generous portion of fresh cracked crab, salad, french roll, butter and a yummy cake pop donated by My Tiny Diner.
The cost is $50 per person with the ability to add on fresh-made clam chowder, a bottle of Lake County wine or cans of craft beer from O’Meara’s.
Crab dinner tickets are available for purchase at www.lakeportrotary.org. Tickets are available in limited quantities so order soon.
There will also be an online auction opening on Friday, March 12, running through Sunday, March 14.
They will have some amazing auction items taking shape including a variety of incredible desserts, a winery lunch and barrel tasting, a scenic flight and lunch, a stay in a beautiful San Diego condo, a “Day as a Deputy with Sheriff Martin,” a gift card tree worth hundreds, a wagon ride and wine tasting in Kelseyville, and stays in local lodging establishments just to name a few. More items are coming on every day so check back often.
Information on the online auction will be available soon at www.lakeportrotary.org and tickets for the crab dinner are already on sale and going fast.
“We wish we could throw that big in-person crab feed that is always so much fun,” shared Lakeport Rotary Club President Jeff Warrenburg, “but these times call for something special. We look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors, all while providing a yummy meal, donned in a mask, and thanking you from afar as you safely drive through to pick up your meal.”
The Rotary Club of Lakeport was founded in 1925. It has undertaken hundreds of community projects over the years, funded college and vocational school scholarships for local high school graduates and contributed money and other resources to many worldwide initiatives, including efforts to eradicate polio and advance programs that promote goodwill and peace. In recent years, Lakeport Rotary has led efforts to help Lake County residents recover from wildfire devastation and begin the rebuilding process.