Crab, steak cookout raises $21,000 for Valley charities |

Crab, steak cookout raises $21,000 for Valley charities

by Caryn Haller

Ken Fila of Phoenix carries plates of crab on Friday at Jethro’s All 4 Charity King Crab Feed and Steak Cookout.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

Whoever said that charity begins at home, had it right.

The fourth annual Charity King Crab Feed and Steak Cookout on Friday night at Jethro’s raised $21,000 for more than a dozen Valley charities.

“We do it because our committee is made up of longtime Valley residents who believe in this community, and we want to do our part to support their efforts, so they can continue to provide the services they do to the community,” committee member JoJo Townsell said. “We want to thank all the organizations that helped put this event together. We are pleased we can represent Carson Valley and make our community a better place.”

Three hundred pounds of crab legs and 199 rib eye steak dinners were served, along with live and silent auctions and raffles.

Ryan McLaughlin and his family provided the spacious tents for diners to eat under. After setting them up they headed to the food line for crab.

“I love crab, and this is a good event for the community,” the Gardnerville resident said. “It brings a lot of funds to our youth and charities here.”

Genoa residents Lawry and Lynne Speir had never attended the cook out before.

“Our neighbors are involved with MEFIYI, and we’ve never been. It looks great,” Lawry said. “Thankfully there are people who do this for the community. The kids need it.”

After cleaning his crab plate, Ray King of Gardnerville said he plans to attend the cookout every year.

“I ate the crab and it was wonderful. I missed it last year,” he said. “I’d definitely make this an annual event because it’s for a good cause and the food is wonderful.”

Person of the Year was awarded to Jerry Bing, owner of Bing Materials.

“We chose him because of his devotion to the community, and all he does,” committee member Stan Lamb said. “He is so generous to everyone he meets.”

Lamb also wanted to thank the event’s main sponsors Country Financial, Sierra Canopy Rentals and Rite of Passage.

Proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and auction items benefitted Backpack Buddies, Between Horses and Humans, cancer Cure-Aiders, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, Carson Valley Sertoma, Douglas Animal Welfare Group, Douglas Center for Hope and Healing, Douglas County Community Services Foundation, Douglas County Historical Society, Douglas High School volleyball, Grace Christian Academy, MEFIYI, Partnership of Community Resources, Strawberry Fields Animal Rescue, Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County and Young at Heart Senior Citizens Club.