Seafood fundraiser looks to generate funds, fill bellies

Seeking to recover funds after substantial cut inspires 14th annual community event

By Nina Cestaro, Staff Writer

Sweet crustacean aromas and familiar faces will engulf the Gymnasium for Contra Costa College’s 14th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed fundraiser on March 28.

The $40 ticket will buy you unlimited mouthfuls of crab while also entering you into a raffle drawing and gift baskets at the door.

Comet softball coach Karolyn Gubbine said she is one of the volunteers for the upcoming community feast and unity event.

“It is important to do something to support CCC,” Gubbine said, “And it is important to help out the athletic department.”

Athletic Director John Wade said the annual fundraiser is organized by a range of supporters to assist the expenses of coaches and student-athletes who to help defer athletic department costs for officials, travel, supplies, entry fees and other costs.

Wade was quoted in the Nov. 20, 2013 edition of The Advocate saying, “In 2003 there was a significant California recession where college and university funding was cut across the board by 43 percent.

“(In athletics) we were reduced from a budget of about $112,00 to $66,000,” he said. “It was a substantial cut and we have never been able to recover.”

Vacaville resident Joe Williams was in attendance at last year’s crab feed fundraiser.

“The kids need money,” Williams said, “And the school isn’t going to give them (enough) money.”

Dining tables will be set up in the middle of the Gymnasium floor where the athlete-servers will be able to check up on guests who can’t get enough crab.

These student-athlete volunteers’ responsibilities will range from selling Comet apparel and additional raffle tickets to helping prepare the food.

Student Life Coordinator Erika Greene will also be a volunteer for the crab feed.

Green said she was motivated to help “because helping people makes me feel good.”

Other volunteers who will be lending their time to support the community and CCC sports teams are basketball coach Miguel Johnson and athletic department administrative assistant Shawna Belfield.

For tickets or more information, call (510) 234-1575.