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Night of a Golden Lobster draws a large crowd

by: J. Brian Monihan, Lake Oswego City Manager Alex McIntyre gets ready to enjoy one of the many fine lobsters served Saturday night.

Lake Oswego's Rotary Club turned 50 with a bang Saturday night.

Using a theme, 'Night of a Golden Lobster,' the club marked its 50th anniversary with its annual Lobster Feed and Charity Auction at the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

The event, which drew an almost-record 619 people, raised upwards of $313,000 for the Lake Oswego Rotary Club. Proceeds from the feed and auction will go to support a variety of local causes, including: the Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego School Foundation, Clackamas County Women's Services, Oswego Heritage Council and Child Advocates. The auction's special appeal also raised more than $40,000 to support Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio.

Tribute was paid to the late Warren Oliver, who started the feed 24 years ago when he and his wife Peggy moved to Lake Oswego from Massachusetts. He died April 21.