The recent Incline High School Booster Club Crab Feed “fun-raiser” netted about $200,000, which will be used to buy a new outdoor scoreboard and to meet other scholastic needs.
“We’re quite happy with the turnout and community support,” Booster Club president Tom Millhoff said. “And thanks to a very generous matching grant from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, our 'Fund-A-Need' raised $154,000, eclipsing the previous record of $150,000 set in 2019.
Each year’s Crab Feed features a ”Fund-A-Need” component where supporters pool tax-deductible contributions to fund a large capital project. In past years those funds went to the theater renovation, academic technology investments and facilities upgrades; this year we funded a new video scoreboard.
Millhoff estimated attendance at the March 18 virtual gathering to be a record-setting 260 people. Typically, the annual fundraiser happens at the Hyatt Regency. But with pandemic protocols to consider, event planners staged the 39th Crab Feed online.
Moving everything but the food into cyberspace made the Crab Feed more scalable, Millhoff said.
“This time, we executed with a lean volunteer staff of less than 10 people. Event logistics were simpler and cheaper too,” Millhoff said.
The Crab Feed usually does offer a crab dinner along with auctions and raffles to raise money for Incline High School. This time, an option was to pick up carryout eats from Azzara’s in Incline Village, which served 136 such meals.
“Everyone loved the crab alfredo,” Millhoff said.
With the event held online, people from anywhere could watch some early evening video and proceedings, then take part in auctions and a raffle. The person farthest away who did login was an IHS alum now living in Hinsdale, Ill., Millhoff said.
The Crab Feed is the Booster Clubs primary fundraiser. “With a mission to serve more than one student more than one year," Millhoff said, over the years the club has made investments in the IHS academics, arts, athletics and infrastructure.
This time, the boosters settled on getting a new outdoor scoreboard because the existing one is more than 50 years old and replacement parts are no longer available. Having the new scoreboard means IHS can host competitions. And the hope is it might encourage socialization and activity, Millhoff said.
Any remaining money past those costs will be put to other school-related purposes.
“Our enrollment is way up as city-dwellers escape to the charms of Incline Village, so I know we'll be investing in new laptops and other resources that improve the teaching experience,” Millhoff said.
With the success the fundraiser has had over the decades, Millhoff said the 40th Crab Feed is set for March 19, 2022.
In the meantime, if anyone missed out on the fun, or wants to learn more about the effort, there are videos to watch on YouTube, including one with him dressed as a big, red crab.
“They started as a home-spun collection of snippets, then IHS Parent and arts patron Joy Strotz stepped in and stepped up to turn them into something extraordinary,” Millhoff said.
If you missed Thursday's Crab Feed Fun-Raiser, you can still share in the fun! Find below links to the evening's entertaining videos.
- Opening Video: A light-hearted look into student life in the age of COVID, this clip outlines the IHS Booster's fundraising goals for this year and reflects on past accomplishments. Click here.
- IHS Field Community Video Scoreboard: An overview of this year's big fundraising objective! Enjoy familiar faces and learn about the Community Video Board. Click here.
- After Party: This video has fun outtakes, images of the new Duffield Theater, music features from IHS students and nostalgic clips from past events. Click here.
...And it's not too late to contribute to the cause. You can still donate to the Crab Feed - we fully funded the Scoreboard Thursday night but have other near-term needs including laptops for our increasing enrollment, technical upgrades to support our new media studio and video game development curriculum, arts and athletics equipment , or you can contribute to the Class of 2021 Recognition Committee to ensure our very deserving graduates have a memorable send-off.
Thanks for supporting our students!