Rotary Crab Fest 2016 Breaks Another Record

Guests at the Los Alamos Daily Post table include from left, Nancy Coombs, Hope and Joe Jaramillo, Bill and Kathy Enloe, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and KayLinda Crawford. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Server Nick Gonzales tempts guests with desserts from Blue Window Bistro. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

Another record was broken at this year’s annual Rotary Crab Fest Feb. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Los Alamos.

The all-you-can-eat crab and prawn dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle and sponsors brought in $25,200 for the Rotary CLub of Los Alamos. Proceeds from the event go toward community and international projects.

Los Alamos High School students volunteered as server and Rotarian Tony Chan entertained the large crowd with his guitar playing. Rotarian Jaret McDonald served as emcee and Jill Cook volunteered her skills as an auctioneer to help break the fundraising effort for the nonprofit organization.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos has more than 60 Rotarians working together to serve community and global causes. The Club meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant in the Los Alamos Golf Course Clubhouse. The meetings are open to anyone to attend and learn how the Club is working to build community, bridge continents and grow in vocations and friendships. Lunch may be ordered off the menu at the meeting (limited selection) or by emailing Christina Sierk at Orders need to be submitted by 7 p.m., each Monday.

The work of Rotarians is both local and international. The Club raises funds locally for tuition scholarships, student of the month awards, GED test funding and transportation, exchange student programs, back to school supplies, mentoring and tutoring, local business recognition, community garden at Los Alamos High School and at Mesa Public Library and more. Globally, the Club contributes to eradicate polio, safe water supply development and hygiene education, crisis response when needed, and more.

The Club does a lot of work to create meaningful contributions and they have a lot of fun doing it. Fellowship and friendship are core components of the Rotary experience. Rotarians abide by the Four Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary in 1943, which has been translated into more than 100 languages:

Of the things we think, say or do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries.

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Auctioneer Jill Cook helps raise funds for community projects. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Dinner is served! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The crowd settles down for dinner. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Katy Korkos volunteers in the kitchen. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Rotarians and guests at the STARS table. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Chief Troy Hughes, back left, at the LAFD table. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Rotarians Skip King and Laura Loy during the event’s live auction. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

All you can eat crabs and prawns. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Rotary President Alison Pannell and Rotarian Jaret McDonald who served as emcee at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Students serve at the annual Crab Fest fundraiser dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/