Tickets to the ninth annual Grove LobsterFest, set for Friday, June 15, will go on sale on May 15, at area banks and on-line at www.groverotary.org. Organized by Grove Rotary, LobsterFest supports a wide range of charities and organizations in the community.

            Tickets to LobsterFest 2018 are $75 per person.  Tables for 10 may be reserved in advance.  In addition, groups will have the opportunity to reserve a table for $1,000, for which those guests will have their own wait staff during the evening.

“This event has just captured the interest and involvement of so many in the Grand Lake area and beyond,” said Rotarian Richard Van Dyck, chair of the benefit.  “It’s important to remember that tickets are capped at 500, and we always sell out.  So people wanting to attend should get their tickets early.”

Van Dyck said ticket sales will end by June 8.

            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 a live auction at 7:30 p.m.  This year’s live auction items will include several luxury packages and the silent auction always offers a wide range of creative items. New this year, the bids for the silent auction will only taken via a smart phones.

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.  On the side 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 Van Dyck.  “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 Backpack Program, Boy Scouts, Grand Lake Area Robotics Education, Grove Public Schools, Daybreak of Grove, Har-Ber Village, Lendonwood Gardens, Grove Public Library, Christian H.E.L.P. Center, Community Crisis Center, Institute for Collegiate Excellence, Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees Quilt Guild, Grand Lake Family YMCA, and many more.