INCLINE VILLAGE - The Incline High School Boosters hope you won’t worry too much about the “crabohydrate” count in your diet come March 18, as they welcome all to feast at their 39th annual Crab Feed Fun-Raiser.
With pandemic protocols still in place, this year’s event will be a virtual one, featuring online entertainment, a raffle and auction. Tasty crustacean dinners will be ready to pick-up from Azzara’s, 930 Tahoe Blvd.
Money raised that evening will go toward purchasing a new outdoor scoreboard.
“Our existing scoreboard is more than 30 years old, and we can’t get replacement parts,” Boosters Club president Tom Millhoff said. “Without a working scoreboard we can’t host competitions on our field. Further, given the very substantial prior investments in academics, and the need for us to help turn our pandemic screenagers back into teenagers, we want to invest in something fun and hopeful that encourages socialization and activity.”
Millhoff noted that last year’s Crab Feed happened just a week before the covid-19 related shutdown of schools and businesses.
“It was the best - and last - Incline Village community celebration of the year,” Millhoff said. “Over 250 guests helped us raise more than $170,000 used to safely and successfully facilitate hybrid learning.”
The Crab Feed grew out of a more modest crab boil held at the North Lake Tahoe Event Center that grew and eventually moved to the Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort. Since 2015, the Crab Feeds have raised more than $1 million, Millhoff said.
The money has been used to: convert the school’s theater into a performing arts center; upgrade furniture and create collaborative learning spaces; fund an ongoing 1-to-1 computer program to ensure every student is equipped with a laptop and to pay for an array of classroom equipment, including CAD-design workstations, chemistry equipment, digital whiteboards, stand-up desks, and vocational technology hardware.
“Since we're virtual this year, we are not space constrained, so I think we may break some (fundraising) records,” Millhoff said.
Millhoff thinks people will be impressed with the student-driven entertainment part of the online program, which will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.
“And since we're all itching to bust out of our bubbles, we've got great auction items lined up, including family and group stays in Bali, Maui, Mexico and the California coast,” Millhoff said.
Registration is $25 for alumni and $50 for other households; the $125 dinner option includes two crab alfredo pasta entrees, garlic bread, salad and a red or white bottle of wine, one bidder login per household and one raffle ticket.
Guests must register in advance at inclinecrabfeed.com. There also will be a small silent auction during the week preceding the event. Each registrant will be given a unique event login URL, which will allow them to view the event and bid on items.
Food will be available in advance of the online feed’s start, at Azzara’s Italian Restaurant. And if you need to whet your appetite for crab, Millhoff said IHS student Xander Beaulac has a Krusty Krab song up on Spotify.