Rotary Club's sold-out Lobster Feed & Charity Auction will benefit local, national and international organizations

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lobster lovers will once again gather at the Lakewood Center for the Lake Oswego Rotary Club's Lobster Feed & Charity Auction. Last year's event raised $330,000.Lake Oswego Rotary Club’s 2015 Lobster Feed & Charity Auction is sold out.

That’s bad news for the folks who don’t have tickets in hand, but good news for the club, which is well on its way to matching or exceeding the $330,000 raised for a variety of causes last year.

Tickets for the June 20 event were gone three weeks before the feed, an all-time record. The Lobster Feed is the lone fundraiser held by the club, and it pays for a charitable effort that just keeps growing.

“Half of (the proceeds) will go to the Lakewood Center, half will go to the community,” said Craig Childress, co-chairman of the event’s silent and live auctions. “Things like the Adult Community Center, Meals on Wheels, school children and holiday baskets.”

Proceeds also will benefit the Mobility Impaired Golf Association, the Clackamas County branch of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Happy Trails Riding Center. A paddle raise will support the Hospital for Hope in India.

Helping those organizations is an exciting prospect for Terri Childress, the club’s new president and chairwoman of last year’s record-setting Lobster Feed, and a testament to the generosity of club members.

“This is a great place to energize and be energized,” she said. “It’s awesome to see that.”

Jeff Aimonetti, this year’s Lobster Feed chairman, jokes that the position is “like being the captain of the Titanic.” But Aimonetti said he has been seriously impressed by the effort the club puts into the event.

“Seeing the transformation for the first time is absolutely amazing,” Aimonetti said.

Past club president Lynne Wintermute says it’s also amazing to see the reach and ambition of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, which donates to a variety of local, national and international causes throughout the year. The Hospital for Hope in India is a perfect example.

“It started out with one doctor, one nurse and a few witch doctors,” Wintermute said. “Now we plan to provide health care to 100,000 people. It will provide everything from solar power to Band-Aids and contribute to a drop in the infant mortality rate.”

Locally, the club supports a variety of causes and plays a major role in Lake Oswego schools, from donating dictionaries to third-graders to sponsoring annual scholarships and an Interact service club for future leaders. One of its newest projects is Peace Village, a five-day summer camp for children in grades three through eight that will teach young people how to create peace within the community and within themselves.

The 31st Annual Lobster Feed & Charity Auction will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. Tickets may become available if last-minute cancellations occur. But even without a ticket, Lake Oswegans can still contribute to an event that does so much for so many.

In his last meeting as club president on Monday, Alan Bazazz implored all club members to show up and help. And you don’t have to be a club member to volunteer. For more information, call the Lakewood Center at 503-635-6338 or check out the Rotary Club’s website at

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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