On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our fourth annual Crab Fest held recently at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Although our final tally has not been tabulated yet, our fund-raiser exceeded expectations. With the money raised, we will once again be able to give academic and vocational awards to high school students, and this year we will also be able to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for Fuller Lodge, which we hope to install this spring.
We extend a special and heartfelt thank-you to Melissa Paternoster and the staff of the Blue Window Bistro. Of note, we’d like to acknowledge Melissa’s tireless day-long efforts to prepare virtually our entire evening menu.
With the exception of the seafood, which she and her chefs prepared, Blue Window donated all of the food, including the trays of extravagant desserts, overall an in-kind donation of more than $1,500.
We also thank the members of the LAHS National Honor Society who efficiently and energetically waited tables with smiles and good cheer for more than 200 guests.
In addition to the many Rotarians, who contributed to the success of the Crab Fest, we also wish to thank Kelly Myers of ReMax of Los Alamos, and Don Gallagher, an Albuquerque friend of Rotary, for their generous sponsorships, and Los Alamos National Bank, whose significant support always provides so much for so many.
Other thoughtful sponsorships were given by James Dinkel, CPA; Eye Associates of New Mexico; Los Alamos Medical Center; Los Alamos Schools Credit Union; Bernadette Naranjo Farmers Insurance; and Zia Credit Union.
Especially generous donors to our live auction were Mary Alei, Boy Scouts of America, Ward Hawkins, Martha Katko, Rich and Mary Pat Kraemer, Oasis Landscape Construction and Secundino Sandoval.
This wouldn’t be complete without recognizing the following businesses and individuals who also gave so thoughtfully and generously: Minesh Bacrania; Alice Bailey; Black Mesa Golf Club; Buffalo Tours; Coffee Booth; Daniel’s Café; Daylight Donuts; Dixie Girl Restaurant; Don Taylor Photography; Don Quixote Winery and Distillery; Bernard Ewell Art Appraisals; Film Festival; Fuller Lodge Art Center; Sarah Gustafson; Laura Hamilton; Homewood Suites-Hilton; Hot Rocks Java Café; Gloria Gilmore-House and Leigh House; IAFF Local 3279; KRSN Radio 1490; LA Fitness Center; Los Alamos Hilltoppers; Los Alamos Monitor; Metzger’s Mobil; Mullein Leaf Massage; Anne Nobile; Ovi Nuppi Systems Computer Consulting; Pajarito Brewpub and Grill; Min and Monica Park; Reel Deal Theater; RPM; Sharon Stover and Steve Girrens; Sandia Resort Golf Club; Towa Golf Club at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino and Zia Credit Union.
Once again, sincerest thanks to the community for its support of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.