Dave Stark

Rotary connects crabs with charities

Langley Care Foundation and Langley Meals on Wheels Society each received a boost with news that Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise was presenting the proceeds of its Wild West Crabfest to each charity.  Langley Care Foundation supports the mission of Langley Lodge, which is to improve and enhance quality of life of the elderly and people with disabilities. Langley Meals on Wheels Society is a non-profit, volunteer supported agency that supplies preventative, therapeutic, and social meal programs in the City and Township of Langley.

“Crabfest is our club’s signature fundraiser with over $100,000 raised since its inception over 10 years ago,” beamed Tony Malyk, president, Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise.

“We are ecstatic about the success of our most recent edition of Wild West Crabfest. Not only was it a lot of fun for all those who attended, but we raised a record breaking $23,000 for our two beneficiaries and other Rotary projects.”

“The support of the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise is awesome,” said Patrick Matiowski, director of fundraising, Langley Care Foundation.

“This donation will go towards the investment our facility is making with patient lift systems throughout the building. Rotary has showed its heart once again to the citizens of Langley.”

“It was a real pleasure to be part of such a successful community event like Crabfest,” added Dave Stark, executive director, Meals on Wheels.  “Our portion of the proceeds will go to purchase and replace re-useable serving trays and bowls over the next 10 years. This is a huge benefit to a relatively small society with limited resources.”

The Rotarians are already starting to plan Crabfest for next fall.

“We are planning an even bigger and more exciting event for 2011,” confirmed Malyk.  “A total sell-out is expected so I urge everyone to get their tickets as soon as they become available.”