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July 13, 2014

Lobster Fest proceeds to benefit emergency shelter

Bellefonte — Safe Harbor’s newly renovated emergency shelter will be the recipient of this year’s Lobster Fest proceeds.

 The theme is “Peace —Love — Lobster Fest” and marks the seventh year for the fundraiser, which will be Aug. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, at Bellefonte Country Club.

 The event is sponsored by Safe Harbor and the Boyd County Medical Alliance. The Lobster Fest committee is chaired by Susan Fried of the alliance and who has chaired the event since its inception.

The master of ceremonies will be Howard Harrison, who also will serve as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the event. Music will be provided by The Bad Habits Band. This marks the fourth year the band has performed at Lobster Fest and is returning because of popular demand, Fried said.

 “This year’s Lobster Fest is our seventh annual event, and our proceeds will continue to go to Safe Harbor’s emergency shelter,” Fried said. The shelter recently underwent a year-long renovation that included a new electrical system, new plumbing and HVAC, new security system, the addition of an elevator and the addition of 20 beds to accommodate the facility’s growing need for residential services..

 The menu will be prepared by Jason Osterreicher, chef at the club.

 Hors d’oeuvres will feature an extensive raw bar of shrimp, clams and oysters plus cheese, fruit and a cracker board. Dessert will be key lime pie.

 Among the evening’s events will be a gem scoop sponsored by Pollock’s Jewelers and silent and live auctions. Throughout the evening and after the meal, there will be dancing under the stars.

 “The Bad Habits Band is always a crowd-pleaser,” Fried said.

 All proceeds will benefit the work of Safe Harbor to assist victims of domestic violence throughout the FIVCO area of Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties.

 Tickets are $135 per person and may be purchased by calling Mary Hill or Jennifer Allen at (606) 329-9304. Seating is limited to 330, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

 “The medical alliance’s dedication to Lobster Fest has transformed Safe Harbor’s ability to provide continuum of care services to thousands of women and children who are victims of domestic violence,” said Ann Perkins, executive director of Safe Harbor.

 “Without the medical alliance’s and the community’s help, we would never have been able to accomplish such projects as the much-needed renovation of the emergency shelter,” she said.

Sponsorships are available and include the following levels:

Lighthouse: $5,000, which includes 10 tickets; $4,000 is tax-deductible.

Sail Boat: $2,500, which includes eight tickets; $1,700 is tax-deductible.

Row Boat: $1,000, which includes four tickets; $600 is tax-deductible.

Canoe: $500, which includes two tickets; $250 is tax-deductible.

In addition to Fried, members of this year’s Lobster Fest Committee include Lois Alcorn, Vicky Borders, Alison Christie, Lynn Couchot, Bruce Davis, Tina Dotson, Sheila Fraley, Ann Higgins, Clayton Hill, Lisa Justice, Ashley Kasey, Heather Van Deren and Marty Vannatter.

Members of Safe Harbor’s Board of Directors are Marty Vannatter, president; Lynn Couchot, Alison Christie, Bruce Davis, Susan Fried, Pam Fultz, Ed Harrison, Larry Higgins, the Rev. Mark Kloha, Jane Layman, Tina Mussetter, Dr. Laura Reese and Michael Robinson.


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