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Funding provided through Crab Feed

Community, faculty help athletic program

By Sean Whatley, staff writer
On April 8, 2014

  • Richmond residents Charles Jefferson (right), Jayvyn Cash (center) and Leeazia Hamilton (left) grab some crab at the 13th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed in the Gymnasium on Saturday. All funds collected from the event go toward funding the athletic department. Qing Huang / The Advocate
  • Comet defensive back Rilwan Adedeju walks crab to a table at the 13th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed in the Gymnasium on Saturday. All funds from the event will go toward the athletic department budget. Qing Huang / The Advocate
  • Community members, faculty and staff fill the Gymnasium at the 13th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed. Qing Huang / The Advocate
  • A participant waves to a server for more crab at the 13th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed in the Gymnasium on Saturday. Qing Huang
  • Nikki Ferguson, Contra Costa College women’s soccer coach, fills a tin with crab as softball players Madisen William and Liliana Reyes (right) prepare to serve them to the participants at the 13th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed in the Gymnasium on Saturday. Qing Huang / The Advocate

Contra Costa College's 13th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed fundraiser for the athletic department took over the CCC Gymnasium on Saturday.
The fundraiser hosted a range of supporters. Local and non-local residents, families, friends, former students, members of the school board, coaches and athletic directors from other athletic programs were all in attendance.
Dining tables were set up in the middle of the Gym floor where the athlete-servers would check in on their guests.
The athletes' assignments ranged from selling Comets' apparel and raffle tickets to helping prepare and serve the food.
Mahoney Seafood, Acme and Semifreddi's bakeries and CCC's culinary arts department donated food, Women's Locker Room attendant Vanessa Kersten said. She said putting the event together was time consuming and tedious but, "We wanted to make sure it was good."
The event included a raffle for prizes such as gift cards, a silent auction for various gift baskets and a 50/50 raffle in which half of the proceeds went to the CCC athletic department and the other half to the raffle's winner.
"The food is always good, the raffle is fun and it's festive," Roezell Carter, the wife of CCC's football coach Alonzo Carter, said.
CCC women's soccer player Lorena Rodriguez said, " I think it's good for athletes because it lets them know about members of the community."
She said the event helps create a sense of family and unity among the athletes and the community. She compared the event to a family dinner she would have at home.
"It's something that most don't incorporate into their daily lives," she said.
The crab feed is a bonding event that athletes, coaches and staff work on together. The event attracts many members of the community, friends and family, CCC Athletic Director John Wade said.
"It's fun," CCC softball player Caitlin Bal said. "The purpose of the event is to promote the college by throwing a nice safe get-together."
"It's a big group effort," administrative secretary for athletic department Shawna Belfield said. "There's Vanessa (Kersten) in charge of the food. We have coach Carter coordinating the runners, and Ms. (Custodial Manager Darlene) Poe doing the tickets in the front."
Sheletta Lawson-Petersen, an American Canyon resident, said she has been to the CCC crab feed every year. "It's a good thing. It raises funds for the school," she said. "It keeps these babies (athletes) off the street, and it keeps them occupied in a good way."
Vacaville resident Joe Williams said, "The kids need money. The school isn't going to give them money." He said the fact that athletes served people at the event is beneficial to their development.
"It's a good opportunity for the athletes to learn responsibility and discipline," Williams said.
Wade was quoted in the Nov. 20, 2013 edition of The Advocate as saying, "In 2003 there was a significant California recession where college and university funding was cut across the board by 43 percent."

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