Beast Feast benefits community |

Beast Feast benefits community

Around 180 people are expected at the Rotary Club of Minden’s Beast Feast Saturday at the Carson Valley Inn’s ballroom.

“It’s one of the biggest social events in the Carson Valley,” said Minden Rotary President-elect Pat Bridges. “It’s an annual fundraiser put on by the club and all proceeds go back to the community and local charities.”

Beast Feast began 11 to 12 years ago as a feast for the community after local hunters came back from a hunt, Bridges said.

“From what I heard, some Rotary members came back from a hunt and hosted a dinner for the community,” he said. “It turned into a fundraiser, then it just grew from there.”

Beast Feast is an opportunity to participate in a community event while supporting local programs, and serving as a Rotary member allows Bridges to do that all the time.

“It’s service above self, that’s our motto,” he said. “It’s a chance to give back to the community and a great way to get to know other community leaders. Plus we have fun. That’s a huge part of what we do.”

Minden Rotary has served the Carson Valley since 1926 with the mission of “serving children at risk.” The club supports programs including Kids & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, Backpack Buddies, China Spring Youth Camp, Project Santa Claus, Boys and Girls Club of Carson Valley and the Douglas Co. Educational Foundation.

Bridges said Rotary Club of Minden is also part of Rotary International and is helping in the fight against polio.

Bridges said there will be more than 70 items auctioned at the event, including Marshall Tucker Band tickets, David Walley’s Resort packages, Tahoe Ridge packages and a free dinner from the Douglas High School Culinary class.

“There are a lot of great packages being auctioned. There’s just about something for everyone and it should be a lot fun,” he said.

This year’s menu includes steamed king crab legs with dawn butter, carved applewood smoked bison prime rib with garnishes, chicken chasseur, duck spring rolls and wild boar bacon-stuffed mushrooms.

Cocktails and auction begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per person.

For more information and tickets contact Bridges at 782-5121, Brent Holderman at 783-3725 or email