Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser

The Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce held its annual crab food fundraiser Saturday, with some pandemic tweaks.

The fundraiser included an in-person dining event and a drive-through food pick-up option.

The drive-thru “gives people an option who don’t want to be inside but still want to participate,” said chamber executive director Lisa Orloff.

Last year, with stricter coronavirus rules in effect in Sonoma County, the chamber pivoted the crab feeding to a drive-through-only event.

This year, the crab feeding took place the day after Sonoma County’s 30-day ban on large gatherings expired. Attendees who dined in person were asked to wear masks when not seated at the table, according to Orloff.

The event was expected to raise some $12,000 for operating expenses for the chamber, according to Orloff.

“It’s one of our major fundraisers,” Orloff said, noting that the crab-feeding tradition dates back to before she joined the chamber staff more than six years ago.

The chamber sold about 170 tickets for the drive-thru meal pickup, which ran from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It sold another 170 tickets for the in-person dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to Orloff. Tickets started at $65.

Dinner included cracked crab served hot from Have Crabs, Will Travel. It also included pasta, salad and bread from Mary’s Pizza Shack and dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes in Santa Rosa.

The chamber held a raffle and silent auction, with prizes including wine, hotel stays and restaurant gift certificates.

There was also a “mystery wine sale” with 27 bottles of wine each hidden inside a bag. Participants paid $25 — the minimum value for each wine — and chose a bottle without knowing what it was.

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