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The event June 18 will raise money for nonprofits and the Lakewood Center for the Arts

PMG FILE PHOTO - The lobster feed will take place June 18 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Get your forks and crackers ready.

The Lake Oswego Rotary Club and the Lakewood Center for the Arts are planning to purchase 500 lobsters from a producer in Maine for the 38th annual Lobster Feed and Charity Auction slated for 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18 under the big tent at the Lakewood Center. The goal of the event is to raise money for nonprofits and the Lakewood Center. The event is returning to normal after two years as a drive-thru offering.

"I think historically this lobster feed has been the kickoff to summer activity season in Lake Oswego. It's a great party," organizer Peter York said.

Some of the nonprofits the event will support include Hunger Fighters of Oregon, which is Lake Oswego-based, as well as Clackamas Womens Services, which helps women who have endured sexual or physical violence, and Easterseals summer camp for disabled kids. There will also be a paddle raise to support SAGE (Support of Adolescent Girl Empowerment), which includes a school in rural Guatemala that the Rotary has supported.

York said over $3.9 million has been raised over the years to support projects across the world.

"It's a great way for residents to support the philanthropic efforts that Rotary does," York said.

Other than lobster, Nicoletta's Table is providing vegetarian lasagna, and steak will also be available. The meal will also include corn, clams and a hard-boiled egg. Wine and beer are included.

In addition, there will be a raffle for a Mekong River Cruise, gift baskets with wine and other items as well as a live auction for trips to places like Sun River and Belize and dinners will be up for grabs.

Along with Lakewood and Rotary volunteers, the Lake Oswego High School boys lacrosse team and the Lake Oswego Rowing Club are also pitching in. York expects more than 600 people will attend.

Tickets are $200 for regular seating ($160 is tax deductible, York said) and $225 for patron seating ($185 is tax deductible, York said). For more information on the event, visit lobsterfeed.org.


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