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Join Rotarians for fun, fundraising under the Big Tent


The Lake Oswego Rotary Club in partnership with Lakewood Center for the Arts will once again be undertaking its annual Lobster Feed and Charity Auction under the Big Tent June 14. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction in the tent at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego.

The public is invited to join the Rotarians to raise funds to benefit local charities.

The beneficiaries of this year’s event will be the Lakewood Center for the Arts, Oswego Heritage Council, Lake Oswego Meals Network, Happy Trails Riding Center and Mobility Impaired Golf Association.

A co-sponsor of the lobster feed since its inception, Lakewood Center for the Arts works to inspire and nurture a love of theater and the arts throughout the Portland metropolitan area and sponsors educational and cultural programs in theater, visual arts and community events for more than 100,000 people each year as the Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and Lakewood Center.

Oswego Heritage Council promotes and increases public awareness to preserve the Lake Oswego community’s legacy of historically significant buildings, sites, culture, natural charm and recorded materials, and cooperates with other organizations working toward similar goals.

The mission of Happy Trails Riding Center is to enhance the physical, psychological and social well-being of children and adults with disabilities and special needs through horsemanship and the interaction with a special team consisting of a horse, a certified instructor and volunteers. Donations from the lobster feed will support the expenses associated with making lessons available to all and caring for the horses.

The mission of the Lake Oswego Meals Network is to enrich the lives of seniors and disabled residents, including those who are housebound, by providing nutritious meals and to assist them in maintaining their independence in a positive social environment. The Lake Oswego Meals Network has been delivering meals to seniors and disabled residents since 1972 and today serves more than 6,000 meals at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center and delivers more than 11,000 meals through the Meals on Wheels program.

The mission of the Mobility Impaired Golf Association is to provide ongoing golf clinics, along with private and group lessons, year round for children and young adults physically and mentally challenged, all at no charge and with golf clubs and equipment provided. Play takes place at Lake Oswego Public Golf Course and current participants include Shriners Hospital, The Children’s Cancer Association, United Cerebral Palsy, Easter Seals, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics as well as blind children and young adults and those with autism from throughout the Northwest.

There will also be a paddle raise for Stove Teams International, a nonprofit organization that helps villagers in South America build stoves that dramatically lower emission of toxic fumes from older model stoves used in huts, thereby lengthening the lives of babies and their mothers.

Tickets to the gala are $125 for regular seating and $150 for patron seating. The event begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails and silent auction. The dinner menu includes lobster flown in from Maine, clams, coleslaw, corn on the cob, hardboiled egg, wine and beer.

For information and to purchase tickets visit lorotary.org or call 503-635-6338.