Ki­wa­nis Sells Out An­nual Crab Feed Fundraiser

Escalon Times - - NEWS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com TIMES PHO­TOS BY MARG JACK­SON

It may have been num­ber 13 – but it wasn’t un­lucky for the Escalon Ki­wa­nis Club, as their an­nual Crab Feed was a sell­out suc­cess.

Or­ga­nizer Pam Dyer said the Satur­day event, Jan. 21 at the Escalon Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, hosted over 315 din­ers.

“We’re sold out, as of 20 min­utes ago,” Dyer said in check­ing her list about 10 a.m. Satur­day, as vol­un­teers set up ta­bles, or­ga­nized live and si­lent auc­tion items and pre­pared the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter for the evening fes­tiv­i­ties.

The menu fea­tured all you can eat crab, pasta, salad, rolls and ice cream cups for dessert and the pro­ceeds of the din­ner and the var­i­ous auc­tions and op­por­tu­nity draw­ings ben­e­fit mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity and youth-re­lated projects.

“Each ta­ble gets a bot­tle of red wine and a bot­tle of white wine,” Dyer added of spe­cial fea­tures of the crab feed, with the wine do­nated by McMa­nis Win­ery. “Bloom­ing­camp also do­nated 10 pies for our pie auc­tion, they do it ev­ery year.”

Among the unique items be­ing auc­tioned off, an Adiron­dack chair made by the high school’s wood­shop class, with lo­cal auc­tion­eer Will Cock­rell lend­ing his voice and ex­per­tise to the pro­ceed­ings.

Among the pro­gram ben­e­fit­ting, the an­nual Easter Egg Hunt, EHS Ev­ery 15 Min­utes pro­gram, Christ­mas on Main, Haven of Peace, Thanks­giv­ing Food Bas­kets, the Christ­mas Adopt-A-Fam­ily and the El Por­tal Stu­dent of the Month pro­gram, just to name a few.

Dyer said the goal of the an­nual crab feed is to sup­port the youth in the com­mu­nity through the ex­ten­sive va­ri­ety of pro­grams and ser­vices and she was pleased that, once again, res­i­dents turned out to en­joy the crab and ben­e­fit the kids.

Escalon Com­mu­nity Am­bu­lance crews stopped by the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter to help pre­pare ta­bles for the Satur­day night crab fee with Nancy Humphrey, left, and Jonathan Trib­ble set­ting out the glass­ware.

Help­ing or­ga­nize the wide var­sity of op­por­tu­nity draw­ing and si­lent auc­tion items was Kylie Dusi, in her sec­ond year of vol­un­teer­ing at the crab feed.

Key Club ad­vi­sor Rick He­flin goes over some of the fi­nal dec­o­rat­ing needs with stu­dent vol­un­teers An­dres Cornejo, left, Ya­jaira Sali­nas and Cyd­ney Keener on Satur­day morn­ing prior to the evening’s Ki­wa­nis Club Crab Feed.

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