Rotary Club of Lake Oswego, Lakewood 'clawing' their way back
While Clackamas County is on the brink of returning to a "new normal" as it nears the 65% mark of those who've opted for the COVID-19 vaccination, many events are still being altered amid the pandemic.
The slogan for the Rotary Club of Lake Oswego and Lakewood Center for the Arts' 37th annual Lobster Feed & Charity Auction, "We're clawing our way back," still rings true as the dinner has transitioned to a drive-thru event for the second year in a row. People can pick up their dinners and enjoy a nice meal from the comfort of their homes Saturday, June 19, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Lakewood located on 368 State St.
"Instead of our big event under the tent with 600 people, a silent auction, oral auction, we're doing just a drive-thru lobster feed," said incoming Rotary president David Wolf. "It is the single biggest fundraiser that our Lake Oswego Rotary Club does in conjunction with the Lakewood Center for the Arts."
The event has raised more than $4 million over the years to benefit nonprofit organizations, community projects, arts and humanitarian needs locally and nationally through Lakewood and the Rotary.
"It's time to celebrate and get out of this COVID-blue funk we're all in, help support charities in our community and enjoy a delicious dinner and the beginning of summer," said Lakewood Center Executive Director Andrew Edwards.
People can purchase the lobster dinner online for $85, $60 of which is tax deductible, and it will include the lobster, clams, corn on the cob, a boiled egg, a roll with butter and a dessert.
The deadline for ordering a meal online is Thursday, June 10, to ensure food is delivered on time.
"I guarantee you if someone happens to order them a day late or a couple days late, we'll still accommodate them," Wolf said.
If people would like to donate additional funds or donate money instead of purchasing a meal, they can do that online as well.
Once people place their orders, they will receive a time to pick up their food one or two days prior to the event.
"We've had some incredible support from the community. We did not know what was going to happen last year when we had to cancel it quickly," said Wolf, adding that the two organizations sold out 475 lobsters.
Visit lobsterfeed.org to order, to donate and for more information about becoming a volunteer.
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