Crustacean feast fosters unity

Crab feed, auction generate funds for athletic programs


Leon Watkins / The Advocate

A student-athlete volunteer serves a platter of freshly cooked dungeness crab to a table of guests during the annual Crab Feed in the Gymnasium on Saturday.

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

Coming together for a meal and socializing with friends, family and colleagues is something that gives people a sense of unity.

The annual Crab Feed, hosted by the athletic department Saturday in the Gymnasium showed that the community continues to support the department through the event.

CCC men’s basketball coach Miguel Johnson said that the turnout was great and that the whole event was total success.

“We even ran out of crab, so that’s a good thing. There’s been years where we have had leftover crab, so I’m assuming that’s a good thing,” he said.

Those who attended paid $40 for the all you can eat crab and pasta.

The purchase of the ticket also admitted participants to the silent auction held later in the evening.

“It’s more than just a crab feed,” Johnson said. “It’s about trying to generate revenue. It’s a great event to extend ourselves to the community and create networks that we possibly didn’t have before.”

The event is crucial to providing athletes at this school with the extra revenue so they can cover expenses like traveling to tournaments or obtaining equipment that the college usually can’t fund.

“The silent auction, the giveaways, the beverage sales, this gives us many different opportunities to create revenue for the department,” Johnson said.

Vacaville resident Joe Williams was in attendance at last year’s Crab Feed fundraiser. He said that the college doesn’t provide its athletic programs with enough money.

“It was great,” Athletic Director John Wade said. “A lot of people showed up and donated. All of these people did great things to help.”

Wade said that he likes to see the college’s students, faculty and coaches get together to make something special like this happen.

“I am a firm believer that it takes a village, about the community here wanting all of the departments to thrive,” Johnson said.

He said that having everybody at the college from the president all the way down to the students engaging in these activities is good because it helps the atmosphere that the college wants to promote.

While being able to indulge in the delicious dungeness crab caught off the California coast, guests also enjoyed a variety of wines to compliment the cooked crustaceans.

The volunteers went around from table-to-table refilling the attendees with nearly endless amounts of crab.

“It’s important to do things like this because it shows the student-athletes how to get involved and use their time to help other people,” Johnson said.