Elks' crab feed fundraiser means scholarships
WHAT: Willows Elks Crab Feed
WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Willows Elks Lodge, 150 S. Shasta St.
After the Elks' big crab feed and auction on Sunday, six high school seniors in Glenn and Colusa counties will vie for its proceeds.
The annual event is the Willows Elks Lodge's primary fundraiser to provide scholarships to three girls and three boys.
"So far we only have two boys who have applied: one from each county," said Norm George, auction chairman. "We already have about 20 girls who have applied."
Two $700, two $600 and two $500 scholarships will be awarded, and all six recipients will become eligible to qualify for state and national Elks Foundation scholarships.
The National Elks Foundation awards two $60,000 scholarships, two $40,000 scholarships and 494 $4,000 scholarships, which will be awarded to graduating high school seniors based on financial need, leadership and scholarship.
"In the past, seven of our seniors have won over $9,800 from the Elks' scholarships program beyond the local level," George said.
In addition to the regular scholarship program, the Willows Elks will award two $600 scholarships to two qualified students selected to attend vocational schools after graduation.
All scholarships are awarded upon enrollment, George said.
The Sunday crab feed will get under way about noon, and will include fresh Bay Area crab, rice and salad.
The event includes a raffle and live auction.
George, who has collected cases of honey, auto services, tools, throws and other items to raffle and auction, said Glenn and Colusa County individuals and businesses have been generous.
"I've got everything from soup to nuts," he said.
The annual event is the first and largest fundraiser of the year that is sponsored by the Willows Elks.
The lodge also supports local Boys and Girls Scouts of American and sponsors the annual Hoop Shoot with the Knights of Columbus.
"Anything pertaining to kids, we are out there doing our share," George said.
Sunday's crab feed became an annual event in the 1970s and has helped more than 200 area students pay for college.
About 250 people attend the event annually, George said.
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