How many people do you think can consume 200 pounds
of delicious, fresh, chilled cracked crab in 2 hours? Exactly
100! Little Brown Church members and friends of the community
stuffed themselves on all-you-can eat crab, pasta, salad and
bread and then danced the night away at the church's Crab Feed
fundraiser and Silent Auction on March 12. The event was a huge
success netting the church's youth and children's program approximately
Although the event had been sold out in advance, hungry people
stopped by the event all day and into the night to try to snag
a seat in the beautifully decorated Sunol Event Center. Cindy
Frillman and Bonnie Feltrop choose an under-the-sea theme and
magically transformed the dining room into something that looked
like a scene from a SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon. The tables
were adorned with sea-green tablecloths and lighted votives
sat atop piles of sand in the middle of each table. The tables
were adorned with childrens sand toys and colorful sand buckets
were provided to collect the discarded crab shells.
A big thank you goes to the following persons and business'
that made generous donations to this event; Cache Creek Casino
Resort, Espirit de Vie Spa, Girasole Restaurant, Elliston Vineyards,
Little Valley Vineyards, Fenestra Winery, Tenuta Vineyards,
Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards. Lou and Peggy Cohen of West Coast
Baking donated several different varieties of the delicious
cheesecake served for dessert.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the band "Un...leashed",
whose members came from far and wide to donate their time and
talent to this fundraiser. Band members are: Ben and Sharon
Hudson, Guitar and Vocals, who are longtime Pleasantonians who
have recently retired to Aptos; Mike Gordon, Bass and Vocals,
of Tracy; Patty Warwick, Vocals and Flute, of Tracy; Dr. Doug
Soloman, Drums, of Stockton; Mark Simmons, Guitar and Vocals,
of Tracy; and John Robertson, Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals,
of Tracy. After dinner this talented group of musicians had
the entire dining room cleared of people and on their feet dancing.
Several of the church's youth group members were on hand to
assist in the evening's activities by dumping crab buckets,
replenishing iced tea and water glasses, fetching bread, clearing
tables and washing dishes. Appropriately dressed in crisp white
aprons were; youth group leader, Rebecca Dogan, Danika Beard,
Jovan Beard, Becca Brown, Jessica Christian and David, Nick
and Julia Robertson.
With only one month to plan the entire event were the church's
faithful committee members; Peggy Cohen, Rev. Mary Conant, Bonnie
Feltrop, Cindy Frillman, Chris Huelfer, Doug Massagli, John
Robertson and Robin Spindler; and a special thanks to those
terrific helpers, John Beard, Wayne Couto, Bob Frillman, Caren
Foster, Megan Huelfer, Rev. Ron and Lisa Hunt, Brenda Keogh,
Landy White and Zouri Zale.
"Thanks to overwhelming community support, particularly
Sunolian Skip Hinsley who sourced the crab and other food, and
together with his partners Gerarda and Barney Stocking and Bill
Speer provided the Sunol Event Center. The crab feed was a huge
success for a very worthy cause - the future of our children",
said John Robertson.
Given the great success of this event, church members are already
currently planning next years Crab Feed fundraiser, so those
of you who missed out this year will have the opportunity to
attend this very fun get-together next year.
The Little Brown Church invites you to join them in celebrating
Holy Week. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will be
held at 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday service will be held at 10:30
a.m. with a good old-fashioned egg hunt immediately following
the worship service.