Tickets to the sixth annual Grove LobsterFest, set for Friday, June 19, are on sale now at area banks and on-line at www.grovelobsterfest.com.
Organized by Grove Rotary, LobsterFest supports a wide range of charities and organizations in the community.
Tickets to LobsterFest 2015 are $75 per person. Tables for 10 may be reserved in advance.
New this year will be the opportunity to reserve a table for $1,000, for which those guests will have their own wait staff during the evening.
Presenting Sponsor for LobsterFest 2015 is the Bank of Grove, which has provided significant support for a number of years.
“LobsterFest continues to be one of the most exciting and fun events in the community,” said Rotarian Gary Daniels, chair of the benefit. “Tickets are capped at 500, with sales ending by June 12. People wanting to attend should get their tickets early.”
LobsterFest will be held in the Grove Civic Center, with a silent auction and social starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m.
Live auction items will feature a number of luxury packages, such as a seven-day stay at a two-bedroom beachfront condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; a seven-day trip to Paris, France, including air travel; and a two-day stay at a private villa at the Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate in Oregon, plus a VIP tour of the winery.
The silent auction will offer a wide range of items, such as football tickets to OU, OSU, Arkansas and TU games, including team merchandise; tickets to Disney World; a web-site design; lodge-style home furnishings from BlackForest Décor; and tickets to Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
The evening’s menu will feature live lobsters flown in from Maine and cooked on-site, served with clams, egg and corn on the cob.
As an alternative, guests may choose a steak dinner, also cooked on-site. Also on tap will be coleslaw, bread, dessert, beer, wine and coffee.
The lobster and steak dinners will be prepared and served by Rotary and community volunteers.
“We look forward to another wonderful event,” said Daniels. “Besides all the fun and fellowship of the evening, the most important outcome is what it does for the community. Last year, Grove Rotary raised more than $100,000, after expenses, at LobsterFest alone.”
Proceeds from the fundraiser help support many local charitable and community organizations, based on grant proposals to Grove Rotary.
Past LobsterFests have benefited such groups as Grand Lake Shrine Club, Grove and Jay Backpack Programs, Boy Scouts, Bridges of Hope, Grand Lake Area Robotics Education, Laundry Love Project, Grove Public Schools, Daybreak of Grove, Grove Playmakers, Har-Ber Village, Lendonwood Gardens, Space and Ocean Camp, and many more.
For more information, visit the LobsterFest web site at www.grovelobsterfest.com.