Buttering up for a good cause

Last Saturday, St. Bernadette’s Hall was filled with hungry people for an all-you-can-eat event that helps raise funds for Our Lady of Lourdes.

Crab with melted butter wasn’t the only item on the menu. The full meal with salad and fresh bread also included a bountiful dessert selection. 

Volunteers donning Knights of Columbus or burgundy aprons bustled about from the kitchen to the tables, making sure that everyone in attendance was filled to the gills with crab, including Mike Guinn, chair of the event.

Door prizes and a silent auction generated interest among the attendees, but the highlight of the evening was the items on tables in the center of the gym. Those items were a part of a live bidding auction that offered baked goods, hunting gear, Yeti drink gift basket, Origami Owl jewelry, among other items. Donations came from families and businesses from the community. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Crab Feed has been an annual event for over 13 years. Guinn said students benefit from the proceeds. 

“Everything (goes) to the school for funding, for tuition, to the books, to the maintenance of the building, everything.” 

The school hosts other fundraisers throughout the year. Guinn explains, “We have a Pheasant Festival that we do. That’s probably one of our favorite fundraisers along with this one. That’s at the beginning of pheasant season. But crab is in season right now.” ■