Lobster crawl a splash in Lake Country

Drivers lining up to receive their lobster dinners receive a friendly welcome from Nathan Lovejoy. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)Drivers lining up to receive their lobster dinners receive a friendly welcome from Nathan Lovejoy. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)
The Rotary Club of Lake Country held a sold-out lobster crawl July 9, 2021. (Facebook)The Rotary Club of Lake Country held a sold-out lobster crawl July 9, 2021. (Facebook)
Happy customers of all kinds enjoyed a sold-out lobster crawl in Lake Country on July 9, 2021. (Facebook)Happy customers of all kinds enjoyed a sold-out lobster crawl in Lake Country on July 9, 2021. (Facebook)
Volunteers tip barrels of Nova Scotia lobsters into boiling water. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)Volunteers tip barrels of Nova Scotia lobsters into boiling water. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)
Rotary president Kayla Caruana delivers dinners to a waiting driver. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)Rotary president Kayla Caruana delivers dinners to a waiting driver. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)
Chef Travis Ashley transfers cooked lobsters from the boiling water to bins, ready for wrapping. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)Chef Travis Ashley transfers cooked lobsters from the boiling water to bins, ready for wrapping. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)
Charter member Margaret Brown wraps fresh-cooked lobsters in aluminium foil to keep them hot. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)Charter member Margaret Brown wraps fresh-cooked lobsters in aluminium foil to keep them hot. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)
Head chef Travis Ashley checks to ensure that the lobsters are fully cooked. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)Head chef Travis Ashley checks to ensure that the lobsters are fully cooked. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)
Leah McKenzie-Brown places apple-pie dessert in dinner bags July 9, 2021. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)Leah McKenzie-Brown places apple-pie dessert in dinner bags July 9, 2021. (Jim Taylor - Contributed)

The Rotary Club of Lake Country made quite the splash with its Summer Lobster Crawl Fundraiser, raising more than $10,000 for community projects.

Three hundred lobster dinners were served in less than two hours Friday, July 9.

“McDonalds might be hard-pressed to match that production,” said Rotarian Jim Taylor. “But then, Rotary had more staff — more than 20 volunteers working together to make the dinner happen.”

It was a sold-out success. And as a gesture of gratitude, the service club provided free lobster dinners to two dozen frontline workers from Save-On Foods, IGA and the seniors’ facilities that provided essential services to the community throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“Thank you to everyone who purchased a dinner, donated towards frontline workers’ dinners and donated towards the Pelmewash Pier project,” the club said in a grateful social media post to the Rotary Club of Lake Country Facebook page.

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