Crab Feed frenzy packs Truckee’s Community Center |

Crab Feed frenzy packs Truckee’s Community Center

Family Resource Center boardmember Carmen Carr displayed a Napa get-away item during the live auction.

It was packed tighter than a can of sardines. But the night had nothing to do with sardines and everything to do with crab at the Truckee Community Center last Saturday. More than 280 Truckee (and a sprinkling of lakeside) locals jammed the meeting hall to crack and pick through mounds of fresh crab (450 pounds after the seafood company did the initial cleaning and cracking) at Truckee Rotary’s annual crab feed. The event raised $7,500. It was to be the last year the popular event would be held in the bursting-at-the-seams Church Street location, as next year the brand new 40,000 square foot community center will play host.

It was a classic laid back small town Truckee event: Casually attired folks schlepping in their own appetizers and bottles of wine, setting up shop with friends at their tables arranged in long rows, and then everyone moseying over to the buffet to dish up their own dinners of salad, French bread, raviolis and lots of succulent, fresh crab. Everyone genuinely relished the down-home evening of food, friends and fun.

The Alder Creek Middle School band, under the direction of Randy Humphreys entertained the crowd before local auctioneer/columnist/ attorney Jim Porter took to the stage for a 78-item live auction (I kid you not), which raised $12,000 for the Family Resource Center of Truckee, this year’s recipient. A trophy was given for the best decorated table ” won by the “red and white nautically themed table group” which narrowly beat out the “St. Patrick’s Day decorated green table group.” Members of the winning table included Dawn and John Evans, Pam and Ted Villalba, Kim and Kevin Bumen, Dionne and Chad Pope, Kristi Darzynkiewicz, Kathy and Glenn Whitlow, Amanda and Pete Friedrichsen, Jennifer and Scott Gunter, Stephanie and Jim Hiemestra, Georgia Smith, Jill, Dale and Earl from Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, Leisa and Tim Peterson, Steve Self and Irene Garcia, and Sandy and Bill Watters.

Others spotted elegantly accessorized in their plastic crab bibs were Ruth Cross, Joan and Russ Jones, Lisa Krueger, Tom Hobday, Marilyn and Ron Treabess, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Schatzi Boyd and Randy Hill, Linda and David Brown, Richard Anderson and Carole Sesko, Christine and Brian Marsh, David Kahn, David Tirman, Phyllis and Rick McConn, Patti and Ron Florian, Sherilyn Laughlin, Steve Jennings, Chris and Andy Otto, Susan and Neil Cunningham, Jody Poe, Marianne Porter, Family Resource Center Executive Director Adelia Gonzalez del Valle along with her board members Carmen Carr, Sandy Korth, Debra Jorgensen and husband Robb, Rosa Davis, Ruth Jackson Hall, Laura Ryan and Leticia Aguilar.

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