Lakeridge Pacer Baseballs annual fundraiser delivers crab in time for big game

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge High School seniors Cooper Hummel and Rick Hiller hold the crab feed flier.For the seventh year in a row, Pacer Baseball Inc. will offer a crab dinner to benefit the baseball program at Lakeridge High School.

“It’s been very well received,” said Jeanine Jensen, whose brainchild the dinner originally was. “We’ve gone up in sales every year.”

What this all-takeout dinner lacks in venue it more than makes up for in fare.

The meal includes half a pound of Oregon Dungeness crabmeat, two side salads, coleslaw and potato salad, and a roll with butter.

But the pièce de résistance is without a doubt the crab itself. Completely sans shells, the meat is cooked and cleaned on-site at the Bell Buoy Crab Co. in Chinook, Wash. or Pacific Seafood in Clackamas, packed in five-pound cans, and then carted back to our neck of the woods in a U-Haul by Pacer Baseball Inc. Secretary Letty Hiller.

“I think one of the things that differentiates our crab dinner from anybody else’s is its crabmeat; it’s not that we set a whole crab in front of people and then they have to shell it themselves,” Jensen said. “The customer never messes with the shell; it’s all done at Bell Buoy.”

Pickup always takes place the day before Super Bowl Sunday — in this case, pickup is set for Feb. 2 — from noon to 3 p.m. at Lakeridge High School, 1235 SW Overlook Drive.

“When the customer comes in to Lakeridge ... team members will take that order and go back to the kitchen, tell the kitchen help how many dinners have been ordered, and then they take it back to the customer,” Jensen explained. “So, the team players are the relay on the day of the event.”

The meal is priced at $28, an amount that Jensen said is worth it given the current state of funding for school sports.

“The team is now responsible for things like balls, umpires, extra coaches, field chalk, uniforms ... everything. That’s why you should buy tickets: It goes to support baseball in Lake Oswego, and I think that’s really important.”

Orders must be placed by Jan. 28 at midnight. Orders can be placed online at for a $1 processing fee or printed from, completed and mailed to Lakeridge High School, Pacer Baseball Crab Dinner, 19507 35th Court, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, along with a check made out to Pacer Baseball Inc. Crab Dinner.

“I’ll tell you, I really believe in the program, and I really believe in the coach, Collin Griffin,” Jensen said, adding: “Even though our kids are (now) out of the program ... I am one of the many parents happy to continue helping fundraise for Lakeridge baseball.”

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