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Crab Feast

Annapolis Rotary’s Crab Feast Aims for Zero Waste

Annapolis, MD (July 29, 2014) – Anyone hosting a crab feast on a back patio or deck at home knows the challenge of cleanup, so imagine what it must be like to clear out more than 350 bushels of steamed crabs devoured by 2,500 crustacean fans?
Annapolis Green, a local environmental group, is working with the Rotary Club of Annapolis to compost all the crabs and other food, utensils, and beverages at the club’s 69th annual world’s largest crab feast on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. The two groups want to make this charitable fund raiser a zero waste event.
In 2013 Annapolis Green and Annapolis Rotary held a successful cleanup in the Preferred Dining area, which comprised 25 percent of the attendees. This year’s crab feast will be one of the largest recycling and compositing events they have conducted. One of the largest challenges is completing the job so the stadium is clean and ready for the next day’s activities.
“We’re anticipating collecting close to 20,000 pounds of food waste,” said Lynne Forsman, Annapolis Green Co-founder. “In just about two months the watermelon rinds, corn cobs, brown paper, and even the crab shell bits will turn into wonderful compost that will benefit gardens all over the area. We will collect the plastic as well working to meet our goal of sending absolutely nothing to the landfill this year.”
Crab feast vendors are doing their part, too. Responding to Rotary and Annapolis Green, they are replacing polystyrene or Styrofoam – which is not recyclable – with containers made of paper. It’s all part of a campaign to feast responsibly.
In addition, as many crab shells as possible will be collected by the Crabs for Kids Foundation, says organizer Mike Jordan. Last year his volunteers collected more than 1,000 crab shells for a crab shell painting charitable event for children, which was an overwhelming success.
“The kids absolutely love painting on the shells and it gives us an opportunity to give back to the community. At last year’s feast, many people were very inquisitive to the fact that we were collecting the shells. When we explained why, folks joined in and brought their empty shells to us in support of our efforts,” says Jordan.
“The crab feast is not only an Annapolis summer-time tradition, but it also supports Rotary’s great work in the community,” says David Lillefloren, crab feast chairman. “All proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations. Last year we distributed more than $71,000 to 38 nonprofits.”
The crab feast is all-you-can-eat and drink, including large and #1 male crabs (the big ones) plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbeque sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, draft beer, and assorted sodas and water. A bake sale and cake raffle can finish your feast.
Again this year freshly-cut sweet 100 Mar-Del watermelons will be distributed by Watermelon Queens including Brandi Harrison, National Queen; Shelby Hurley, Mar-Del; Brook Allender, South Carolina; Jennifer Eadie, Georgia; and Megan Morgan, Florida. They will attend courtesy of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Mar-Del Watermelon Association.
Nearly 2,500 people are expected to attend between 5 and 8 p.m. They will finish off those 350 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer. The event will be held rain or shine, as most of the tables are protected from the weather.
Parking for the crab feast at the stadium is free. No containers, drinks, backpacks, large bags, coolers or similar items will be allowed into the event.
While it is an all-you-can-eat affair, and you can take all you want, please eat all you take, says Lillefloren. “If you have more crabs than you need, please share with a neighbor. We want to protect the bounty of our Bay and be good stewards of our resources.”
As in the past, Crab Feast T-shirts and other memorabilia will be for sale. Many guests have purchased the newly-designed shirts each year and wear them to the crab feast, says Mimi Jones, sale organizer.
As crab prices have increased this year, the club’s tickets have been raised from $60 to $65 in advance for adults. They remain at $20 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children under the age of 3. To purchase tickets, please visit annapolistickets.showare.com or call 1-877-333-9667 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. now to noon on Friday. For ticket questions, please email Annapolis@showare.com. Adult tickets at $70 will go on sale at the stadium box office starting at 4 p.m. Friday.
Annapolis Rotary members are volunteers and pay all of their their own administrative costs for the operations of the club, so all funds raised are donated to local charities. More than $1 million has been awarded since the first Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast in 1946.
- Service Above Self -


Checking out the Crabs!

Annapolis, MD (June 28, 2014) – Rotarians checking out the #1 crabs before the 69th annual Crab Feast sponsored by the Rotary Club of Annapolis are, from left, event Chairman David Lillefloren, Corporate Dining Chairman Pamela Urnowey, and event Co-Chairman Jim Campbell. The World’s Largest Crab Feast is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Advance tickets are $65 per adult, $20 for children age 3 to 12, and free for those under age 3. Adult tickets are $75 at the gate starting at 4 p.m. crab feast day.. All proceeds benefit local non-profit groups. To order tickets, call 1-877-333-9667 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit annapolistickets.showare.com. Also see www.annapolisrotary.org for information.


2014 Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast


The Rotary Club of Annapolis is gearing up for its 69th annual Crab Feast scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. This special event is not only the world’s largest crab feast but also a major fund-raiser which benefits local community and cultural organizations.

The feast is all-you-can-eat and drink, including large and #1 male crabs (the big ones) plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbeque sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, draft beer, and assorted sodas and water. A bake sale and cake raffle can finish your feast with sweetness. Also for sale will be Crab Feast T-shirts and other memorabilia.

Tickets are $65 for adults, $20 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children under the age of 3. Preferred Dining is $130 per person. To purchase tickets visit http://annapolistickets.showare.com
, or call 1-877-333-9667 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For ticket questions, please email Annapolis@showare.com. All online and telephone sales will end at noon on August 1, 2014. Tickets will go on sale at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium box office starting at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. Event Map

An excellent way to entertain special clients and guests or to recognize the hard work of loyal employees is the Preferred Dining area. Participants can use a private entrance, and enjoy guaranteed seating in one of the Preferred Dining tents and a wait staff that will bring the crabs to their table. Tables of 10 or 12 are available, as well as individual seating. Contact Pam Urnowey at 850-619-1645 or pamela.urnowey@homeinstead.com for information about Preferred Dining. Corporate and other sponsors are being solicited by sponsorship co-chairmen Steve Kelly and John Bloom. For information, contact John Bloom at bloom.john@gmail.com or call him at 704-449-4487.

Nearly 2,500 people are expected to attend and finish off 350 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer. The event will be held rain or shine, as most of the tables are protected from the weather.

Parking for the crab feast at the stadium is free. No containers, drinks, backpacks, large bags, coolers or similar items will be allowed into the event.

While it is an all-you-can-eat affair, and you can take all you want, please eat all you take. If you have more crabs than you need, please share with a neighbor. Once again we have partnered with Annapolis Green and will be recycling everything we possibly can, said Crab Feast chairman David Lillefloren.

Annapolis Rotary members pay all their own administrative costs for the operations of the club, so all funds raised are donated to local charities. Last year’s crab feast is contributing more than $70,000 directly to local charities and non-profit groups. More than $1 million has been awarded since the first Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast in 1946.

2013 Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast



Annapolis, MD (April 15, 2014) – The Rotary Club of Annapolis has announced grants totaling $71,000 from the net proceeds of the August 2013 World’s Largest Crab Feast. The club received requests from 61 organizations, and funded 38 of the requests. Recipients and amounts distributed are:

Annapolis Film Festival $1,000.00
Annapolis Green $1,500.00
Annapolis Maritime Museum $1,000.00
Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. $2,500.00
Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation $1,000.00
Arts Council of AA County $1,000.00
Back Pack Buddies of Heritage Baptist Church $1,500.00
Box of Rain Foundation $500.00
Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and AA County $2,000.00
Cape Saint Claire Volunteer Fire Company (CSCVFC) $1,000.00
Chesapeake Bay Foundation $1,500.00
Chesapeake Children's Museum $1,000.00
Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating $500.00
Childrens Theater of Annapolis $1,000.00
Creating Communities $2,500.00
Cystic Fibrosis $1,000.00
Eastport United Methodist Church $1,000.00
Faces of Valor USA $1,000.00
Food Link, Inc. $4,000.00
Historic Annapolis Foundation $1,000.00
Hospice of the Chesapeake (Life Center) $2,500.00
Leadership Anne Arundel $1,000.00
Lighthouse Shelter $4,000.00
Lutheran Mission Society $1,500.00
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts $1,000.00
Meals on Wheels $4,500.00
Opportunities Industrialization Center of AAC, Inc., (OIC) $1,000.00
Partners In Care $4,500.00
Rebuilding Together $3,500.00
Samaritan House $1,500.00
Sarah's House $4,500.00
Seeds for Success $2,400.00
Services from the Hearts $2,800.00
The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region $500.00
Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, Inc. $1,500.00
We Care and Friends (Staunton Center Camp) $2,000.00
Wellness House of Annapolis $4,500.00
World Artist Experience $500.00

Annapolis Rotary Announces 2012 Crab Feast Grant Recipients


Annapolis, MD (May 07, 2013) – The Rotary Club of Annapolis has announced grants totaling $43,400 from the net proceeds of the August 2012 World’s Largest Crab Feast. The club received requests from 43 organizations, and funded 25 of the requests. Recipients and amounts distributed are:

1. PROVIDENCE CENTER $1,000.00
2. BOX OF RAIN FOUNDATION $2,500.00
3. CREATING COMMUNITIES INC. $2,000.00
4. ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CASA $2,000.00
5. SANDRA SHANAHAN, CPNP, INC. $1,500.00
6. Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank $3,000.00
7. PARTNERS IN CARE $2,000.00
8. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, STAIR PROGRAM $1,000.00
9. WELLNESS HOUSE OF ANNAPOLIS $2,500.00
10. SEVERN RIVERKEEPER PROGRAM $1,000.00
11. STANTON CENTER $1,500.00
12. ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY VICTIMS FUND $2,100.00
13. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF THE CHESAPEAKE $1,500.00
14. BAY THEATRE COMPANY $1,000.00
15. YMCA CAMP LETTS $1,000.00
16. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF ANNAPOLIS $3,100.00
17. MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS $2,000.00
18. LEADERSHIP ANNE ARUNDEL $ 700.00
19. REBUILDING TOGETHER $3,500.00
20. THE ARTS COUNCIL OF ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY $2,500.00
21. RISE FOR AUTISM $1,000.00
22. MARYLAND THERAPEUTIC RIDING $1,000.00
23. ANNAPOLIS MARITIME MUSEUM $2,000.00
24. FRIENDS OF THE LIGHT HOUSE $1,000.00
25. BREWER HILL CEMETERY ASSOCIATION INC. $1,000.00

Annapolis Rotary Announces 2011 Crab Feast Grant Recipients


Annapolis, MD (May 22, 2012) – The Rotary Club of Annapolis has announced grants totaling $69,700 from the net proceeds of the August 2011 World’s Largest Crab Feast. The club received requests from 67 organizations for more than $228,000, and funded 36 of the requests. Recipients and amounts distributed are:
$4,000 – Partners in Care, Happy Helpers for the Homeless of Annapolis, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland – Anne Arundel County Program.
$3,500 – Stanton Center/St. Anne’s Teen Program, Anne Arundel County CASA, Rebuilding Together.
$3,000 – Food Link Inc.
$2,750 – YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
$2,500 – Opportunity Builders Inc., Annapolis Maritime Museum, Maryland Veterans Trust Fund, Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation, Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Anne Arundel County, Let’s Go Boys and Girls, Light House (Annapolis Area Ministries, Inc.).
$2,000 – St. Mary’s – English as a Second Language, Box of Rain Foundation, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Creating Communities Inc., Asbury United Methodist Church.
$1,500 – First Presbyterian Church (STAIR Program).
$1,000 – Leadership Anne Arundel, Isabel’s Gift, Ballet Theatre of Maryland Inc., Kunta Kinte- Alex Haley Foundation, Organization of Hispanic/Latin Americans (OHLA) of Anne Arundel County, Friends of the Maryland State Archives, The Annapolis Chorale/Live Arts Maryland, The Bay Theatre Company Inc., Oyster Recovery Partnership, Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation.
$539 – The Summit School.
$500 – Bates Middle School PTA, Edgewater Elementary School, South River Federation.
$411.60 – Tyler Heights.
Now more than 90 years old, The Rotary Club of Annapolis sponsors the World’s Largest Crab Feast each year to raise funds to distribute to local organizations to improve the quality of life in the community.

2010 Crab Feast Grant Recipients Announced


Annapolis, MD (May 17, 2011) – The Rotary Club of Annapolis has announced grants totaling $49,5000 from the net proceeds of the August 2010 World’s Largest Crab Feast.The club received requests from 94 organizations for more than $400,000, and funded 42 of the requests. Recipients and amounts distributed are:

$3,500 – Rebuilding Together.

$3,000 – Anne Arundel County CASA Inc.

$2,500 – St. Anne’s-Stanton Center Teen Camp, Food Link, and Arundel House of Hope.

$2,000 – Happy Helpers for the Homeless – Annapolis Chapter and Partners in Care.

$1,500 – Anne Arundel County Bar/State’s Attorney’s Victim Witness Fund, Leadership Anne Arundel, Eastport Volunteer Fire Co., Friends of Arundel Seniors Inc., and The ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region.

$1,250 – Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

$1,000 – Wellness House, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, Cape St. Claire Volunteer Fire Co., Annapolis Recreation and Parks, Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, Box of Rain Foundation, Isabel’s Gift, First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis STAIR Program, Anne Arundel County Crisis Response Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Faces of Valor USA, Serving People Across Neighborhoods (SPAN), and Sarah’s House.

$750 – Eastport Girls Club and Annapolis the Beautiful Inc. d/b/a/ArtWalk.

$700 – Kids and Cops.

$500 – Annapolis Maritime Museum, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Opportunities Industrialization Center of Anne Arundel County, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, West River Center Camp Hope, Canine Companions for Independence, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, and Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake.

$300 – Boy Scout Troop 855.

$250 – Annapolis Veterans Acupuncture Clinic.

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