March 28, 2021

A Whole New World of Fun and Fundraising

2021 Crab Feed Sponsorship Check Presentation

To Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed Co-Chairs Nancy Storm and Martha Bernauer, it was never a question of “if” we would hold our ninth annual event; it was always a matter of “how.”

All money raised at the Crab Feed goes directly to support our respite-care programs, and with the past year having been extraordinarily challenging for the children and families the Nursery serves, not having the Crab Feed was simply not an option to Nancy and Martha.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed was the first of its kind for us with a drive-through Crab Feed and virtual SHELLebration. We served over 600 crab dinners and hosted a multitude of people at our virtual event. Our community’s support and enthusiasm for the Nursery and Crab Feed exceeded our wildest dreams and was made possible by our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests, to whom we say thank you, thank you, thank you!

We are deeply grateful to you, our community, for turning out in such force, demonstrating, once again, your unified support for the Nursery’s programs to prevent child abuse, nurture healthy and resilient children, strengthen parents, and preserve families. Thank you to everyone involved with the event for your commitment to the Nursery and to Yolo County’s most vulnerable children and their families.

It takes a village, and we cannot thank our volunteers enough, particularly Martha Bernauer, Sharon Schauer and Nancy Storm. The year-after-year growth of this sell-out event would not be possible without your leadership and tireless efforts. The Crab Feed is produced by the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery Committee. We send heartfelt appreciation and a very special thanks to the entire Friends’ Committee for making the world a better place for the children of Yolo County.

On behalf of the board of directors, the nursery staff and the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, we would like to recognize and thank our Premier Sponsor Clark Pacific and King Crab Sponsors Jim and Lucinda Childress for their generosity and support.

Sincere thanks to our generous Dungeness Crab Sponsors Davis Firefighters Local #3494 and Davis Sunrise Rotary.

To our wonderful Blue Crab Sponsors: Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry; Bayer U.S. — Crop Science Vegetable Seeds; Brooks Painting; Boutin Jones Inc.; Carbahal & Company; Davisville Management Company; Mary and Harris Liu of Woodland McDonald’s; Marguerite Callahan; Nicole Davis of Edward Jones; Recology Davis; and the Vandermyden and Maddux Law Corporation — thank you.

Thank you to Collegiate Studios, Robin Dunbar, Lamppost Pizza, Nugget Markets, University Park Inn and Suites, and Upper Crust Bakery for your generous donations. And a very special thank you to our volunteers from the National Charity League and to our volunteer kitchen crew and traffic team. You were amazing. Charles King and Pacific Auction of Davis, we are extremely grateful for your expertise and assistance with our first-ever virtual SHELLebration.

Last but certainly not least, thank you to the numerous businesses, community groups, and individuals who donated items for our live and silent auctions. Your generosity was a critical piece to our success. Our community of small businesses always rallies to support those in need in our community, and we encourage you to shop local to support them.

If you are interested in helping the most vulnerable children and families in Yolo County, please consider joining the fun and fundraising for the Yolo Crisis Nursery by lending your time and talents to the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Simply email The Friends meet via Zoom on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The rewards are priceless along with the laughter and warm community you’ll encounter in the Friends’ group.

Please visit our website,, and subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn more about our upcoming events and to learn more about the nursery.

— This article originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on Sunday, March 28, 2021, and was written by JoEllen Welsch, president, and Heather Sleuter, executive director, of the Yolo Crisis Nursery.