Annual Incline High Crab and Pasta Feed readies for 33rd year
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The 33rd annual Crab and Pasta Feed is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
It is the largest fundraiser benefiting Incline High School. Students and parents work hard to make this event one of the best fundraisers in town, with more than 380 people attending each year.
Nevada is near the bottom for per-student spending, half as much as states like New York. However, fundraisers like this one can make a real difference for individual schools.
Money can be directly targeted to upgrading equipment, software, and in some cases, funding salaries for programs that have been discontinued in the district, such as music and physical education.
“Over the past few years, the Boosters have provided new desktop computers for the library, textbooks for two AP classes, Naviance — the college search software program — and a new weight room,” said Sharon Schrage, IHS Booster President. “This year, our goal is to raise enough money to purchase 90 laptop computers. These computers are the first step in fulfilling our vision of bringing innovative technology and courses to IHS.
“We don’t have enough, laptops and the ones that we do have are more than ten years old. It’s past time that we take a bold step in making that vision a reality.”
This fundraiser sells out each year and has raised as much as $70,000 for the high school.
This year, the Boosters are focused on adding fun and guest participation elements, with a goal to make this year the largest fundraising year ever.
“I’m a first timer on the committee, and I can tell you these ladies are passionate about helping our kids and making this a fantastic event,” said Annette Summers, committee chair. “And no matter the size of guest’s wallets there will be many ways to contribute and terrific items to acquire.”
“Four years ago we asked the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort if they would be willing to work with us in bringing our annual crab feed event back to Incline Village,” added Jayne Findlen, Booster treasurer and Crab Feed Committee ticket and venue coordinator since 2010. “It is really a community event, and we are thankful to the Hyatt for allowing us to have the event in their ballroom in our Incline Village community.”
There will be some popular auction items returning and new ones, including travel destinations to favorite family locations and tickets to sporting events.
“Every year I am amazed at the generosity of our community businesses and our Booster families in providing us with donations that help make this a great auction,” said Joanne Devine, the auction coordinator.
Another thing the community looks forward to is being served by Incline High seniors, who historically have volunteered at the event.
“I love the tradition of having the Senior Class serve at this event,” said Eileen May, senior class coordinator. “It gives the community an opportunity to meet these wonderful students and hear about their plans for the future.
I think people are going to be pretty impressed.”
There is still time to donate or sponsor up until Jan. 23. The event is officially sold out; however, inquires can be directed to Findlen at 443-205-3356.
This article was submitted to the Bonanza by the IHS Boosters Club. Visit inclinecrabfeed.com to learn more.
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