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Watsonville Rotary Maine Lobster Feast & Auction

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Harvest Building, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

2601 East Lake Avenue

Watsonville, CA 95076

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Upon your arrival at our Maine Lobster Feast & Auction, you will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and ushered into our reception area, decorated with touches of Atlantic seaside décor that will transport you to the coast of Maine for the evening. The bar is located just steps away where you can choose from an assortment of wines plus draft beer. You’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres, social time and live music while you peruse and bid on a wide assortment of quality offerings to be found on our silent auction tables.

When the silent auction tables close around 7 p.m., you’ll be directed to your table to find a fresh green salad lightly dressed with a creamy dill dressing (recipe from the Lobster Shack in Ogunquit, Maine) and served with savory grilled garlic bread. Shortly thereafter the “Maine” course arrives: Your steamed Maine Lobster (1.25 lbs.) will be served with hot melted butter, a plump tasty sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes. Those who pre-order a vegetarian alternative meal will enjoy a generous serving of our specially-prepared roasted vegetable lasagna with delicious sides.

Don’t worry if you’ve never cracked open a lobster. It’s all part of the fun! Tools and instructoins for cracking open your delicious lobster will be provided at every table along with traditional lobster bibs and bowls for your discarded shells. Dessert will be a delectable surprise and coffee and tea will be provided.

Around 8 p.m., our exciting live auction will kick off with 10 -12 quality items that will include vacations, special get-away packages, exclusive dinners, collectable wines and unique experiences you won’t easily find elsewhere!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Where is the event being held? Our Maine Lobster Feast & Auction will be held at the Harvest Building, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076. For directions to the fairgrounds, go to: https://www.santacruzcountyfair.com/directions.

What is the schedule of activities for the evening? The doors to the event open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the Silent Auction. Dinner is served by 7:15 p.m. and the live auction commences at around 8 p.m.

How many guests are you able to accommodate? We can accommodate 250 guests this year.

Will tickets be available at the door? Sorry but all tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure that we have enough delicious lobster flown in from Maine to feed all our guests.

What is your ticket refund policy? Tickets to this charitable event are non-refundable. If you find you are unable to attend, we will gladly convert you ticket purchase to an outright donation, making it fully tax-deductible under IRS rules. Another option, in the event your plans change unexpectantly, is to give your tickets to family members or friends.

Does my ticket purchase include a hosted bar? Your ticket purchase includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, plus two drink tickets which you can redeem for wine or beer at the bar. Additional drinks may be purchased at the bar on a cash basis. (Sorry: No checks or credit cards can be accepted at the bar).

Is there an administrative fee for tickets purchased on line? Yes, for the convenience of buying your ticket on line there is a $7.49 processing fee per ticket.

What is the attire for this event? Smart Casual. We suggest lower heels for women due to the hard-concrete floor in the Harvest Building.

How many guests are seated at each table? Eight

Is seating assigned? Our event sponsors are assigned to specific tables to accommodate their guests. If you let us know early that you have a group of eight who would like to sit together (and your tickets are paid for), we will accommodate you at a single table of eight whenever possible. Otherwise seating is open. While we can’t guarantee seating preferences for smaller groupings, we will make every effort to accommodate requests from guests who would like to sit together.

Is any portion of my ticket purchase deductible? Tickets are $100 per person. The amount of your ticket purchase that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the amount contributed, reduced by the value of any goods or services provided by the organization. Accordingly, $29 of each admission to this event is eligible for an income tax deduction.

How can I pay for any auction purchases I may make? We accept cash, checks and major credit cards to pay for any auction purchases you may make.

Do I have to pay for my auction items and take them with me on the night of the event? Yes and yes. As an all-volunteer organization, our goal is to complete all transactions on the night of the event.

How will Watsonville Rotary Foundation use the net proceeds of this event? The Pajaro Valley’s at-risk children and teens are those who face barriers to leading safe, stable and productive lives. These barriers often include poverty, low literacy, gang violence, domestic violence, limited access to medical care.

To this end, net proceeds from this event will provide the primary source of our foundation's grantmaking to local nonprofit organizations that strive to prevent youth violence, develop youth skills, and encourage our youth to stay in school. We also award scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend colleges and vocational schools.

Who can I contact with event-related questions: Contact Kathleen King, President, Watsonville Rotary Club: kkingponzio@gmail.com or (831) 234-0062. Or Cindy Weigelt, Event Chair: cindy_weigelt@quorumhealth.com, (831) 320-7004.





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2601 East Lake Avenue

Watsonville, CA 95076

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