Sports Boosters go crabby

January 14, 2009 — by Shannon Galvin

The Sports Boosters hope to build appetites and funds with a Crab Feed at the Saratoga Community Center planned for Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

For $50, sports fans treat themselves all-you-can-eat crab or chicken. A raffle, after-dinner dancing and a no-host bar are also planned for the event. And the Saratoga Jazz Band will make a musical performance during the night.

The Boosters hope to raise enough money to supplement the athletic programs at the high school. Each athlete currently pays a participation fee of $200, although the programs cost much more. Boosters cover this gap through fundraisers throughout the year, such as the Football Tailgate held in the fall and the Holiday Boutique held in December. They also buy sports equipment and help pay officials.

“The idea was proposed by [principal Jeff] Anderson, our principal,” said parent Debbie Sabella in an e-mail. “He has been to many crab feeds in the past and felt it would be a great fundraising opportunity and a community-building event as well.”

The fundraiser hopes to attract 150 to 200 people from the school and community.

The crab will be provided through the Justins’ Crab Company in Fairfield.

Currently, the Sports Boosters are bouncing around additional fundraising ideas for the coming year.

“Our goal is to provide opportunities that appeal to our entire school community,” said Sabella.

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