Pucker up Langford Mayor Stew Young kisses the cod, says the oath and gets ‘screeched in’ during the Rotary Club of West Shore’s 2019 Lobsterfest. See the full story on page 3. (Michelle Cabana/News Staff)

West Shore Rotary Lobsterfest raises over $20,000 for memorial playground

Memorial park to honour West Shore RCMP officer killed in the line of duty

A generous, sellout crowd made the annual Westshore Lobsterfest a sucess for West Shore Rotary.

About 250 people helped raise more than $20,000 that will go toward buying playground equipment for a planned memorial park, said Jim Tenhove, master of ceremonies and member of the Rotary for 21 years.

Dianna Seaton, board and membership chair at the Rotary, described Saturday’s dinner as a “downhome kitchen party.”

“Lobsterfest is to some people a gourmet lobster dinner. This is not. It’s a kitchen party, where you eat, drink, laugh, sing, dance – whatever.”

ALSO READ: WATCH: West Shore volunteers helping Haitian orphanage become self-sustainable

Local dignitaries, including Langford Mayor Stew Young and council attended the dinner. Langford’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch #91 provided space and catered the event.

“It was a great collaboration,” said Tenhove. “Can’t thank the Legion enough for stepping up to the plate.”

ALSO READ: Enjoy ‘messy’ fun at Westshore Lobsterfest this month

The dinners were $75, but Tenhove accepted bribes from tables asking to be the first served. Local bakeries and grocery stores donated a dozen cakes for auction, Seaton said, adding the Legion contributed a “massive” assorted fruit platter went for $1,000.

“It was beautiful, beautiful, it wasn’t just a fruit platter, it was designed.”

A silent auction portion had over 30 items contributed by area businesses. A $150 Thrifty Foods gift card ended up being sold for $160. A family fire truck ride sold for $150.

Big bids went for a food voucher and one night stay in Bear Mountain and a weekend at the Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino.

ALSO READ: West Shore Rotary program a great exchange

The event is a “kick off” to fundraisers that will be announced in the future, Seaton said.

The Rotary club will request grants and donations to help reach the $250,000 goal needed to buy playground equipment for a memorial park to honour local RCMP officer Const. Sarah Beckett who was killed by an impaired driver in 2016.

The park is planned to be in City Centre Park, near Westhills Stadium.

swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

An artistic rendering of plans for the Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground in Langford. (Courtesy of the City of Langford)

Just Posted

Sooke cannabis report does little to answer production questions

Council is trying to get ahead of the issue

Monday mainly cloudy

Plus your weekly forecast

Greater Victoria records drop in building permit values

Values are up for British Columbia and Canada thanks to Vancouver

Rules grounding high flight crews for 28 days likely to be challenged

Lawyer says policy could compromise charter rights and personal liberties

Oak Bay Sausagefest 2019 to buoy Sea Rescue program

Firefighters’ June 22 charity event will support marine responders

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read