by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: JULIE DEMONICO - Mitch Mueller, left, and Jack Daraee are Pacer baseball players raising awareness about a crab feed fundraiser.Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 2 promises to be a day of dining on flaky, delicate meat for hundreds of Lake Oswego residents.

Wednesday’s the last day to place an order for the Pacer Baseball eighth annual All Take-Out (Catch of the Day Crab Dinner), which comprises a half-pound of shelled Oregon Dungeness crab, potato salad, coleslaw and a buttered roll. Local residents bought almost 1,000 meals last year, and each one feeds two hearty eaters or a small group of snackers.

At the 2013 event, Pacer ballplayers served as carhops, rushing orders to each vehicle, and this year, curbside service will again be offered at the event, which is slated for Feb. 1 at Lakeridge High.

Lakeridge head coach Colin Griffin said the kids understand what the fundraiser means to their team.

“It has a very important role in our organization, and the kids are great about it, and they all take pride in it and understand their responsibilities,” Griffin said.

A Lake Oswego School District employee with a food handler’s card prepares the food, and parents pack the meals.

“It’s an assembly line, and our parents are incredible — they work so hard,” Griffin said.

Proceeds from the two major fundraisers for the Pacer baseball team, the upcoming crab feed and a spring auction/dinner, help pay for the pitcher’s mound clay and turf upkeep for Lakeridge’s baseball teams.

“There’s a lot of costs associated with maintaining those baseball fields,” Pacer parent Barb Mueller said.

Field upkeep is key to the community with students from Lakeridge Junior High and local elementary schools also using the junior varsity field, Mueller said. Fundraiser dollars also help pay for Pacers’ gloves, hats, bags and transportation to tournaments.

Griffin said the team and its supporters’ hard work is not lost on customers.

“They’re very appreciative, very proud of our parents and our kids for taking so much pride in our program,” he said.

How to order

To place an order, visit Print the order form and mail it with a check payable to Pacer Baseball Inc.: Pacer Baseball Crab Dinner, 16869 65th Ave. No. 235, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Or, place an order online using a PayPal account.

The cost is $28 per meal. An additional donation also may be made, and donations are tax-deductible.

Pickup is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the main entrance of Lakeridge High, 1235 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego.

For more information, call Barb Mueller at (503) 799-8412.

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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