A Whole New World of Fun and Fundraising

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 friends@yolocrisisnursery.org. 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, www.yolocrisisnursery.org, 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.

Crab season is here and what is better than the community feel of a good old-fashioned crab feed? One of my favorites has always been the Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed hosted by the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. It is hands down the best crab of the season and a fantastic way to support the Yolo Crisis Nursery.

As with most events since the onset of COVID, the Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed has gone virtual. To our delight tickets are selling quickly, so get yours soon to secure your delicious crab dinner. Each dinner includes delicious fresh crab, Caesar salad, pasta, roll and a cookie; order your dinner tickets at www.yolocrisisnursery.org.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, we are taking COVID-19 precautions and here is how it will all work: First, order your dinner online at www.yolocrisisnursery.org, then on Saturday, March 13, at your selected time between 4 and 6 p.m., drive through for a masked, contactless, dinner pick-up at the University Park Inn and Suites Conference Site, 1121 Richards Boulevard, in Davis. You can then return home to enjoy your dinner and favorite beverage at your leisure.

Following dinner, we invite you to join our entertaining virtual event from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to securing some really exciting auction items, the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery have plenty of fun planned for the virtual event. Registration for the virtual event is complimentary and all are encouraged to pre-register via www.yolocrisisnursery.org. On March 8, 2021, the online silent auction will open, and you will be able to preview the live auction lots. Be sure to check out the impressive lineup so you can get your winning bid in!

As a recent addition to the Nursery’s Board of Directors, I share in the hope that our community will support this year’s virtual effort the same as it has our past in-person events. As always, all proceeds from the dinner and virtual event will support the Yolo Crisis Nursery. This has been an incredibly challenging year for the clients we serve, as well as for our dedicated staff who have seen a dramatic rise in the need for our services.

The Nursery is Yolo County’s beacon of hope for families with young children who are in crisis. It helps care for the children but also addresses the root causes of the crises to get families back on their feet and help them grow stronger together. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Yolo Crisis Nursery never turns a child away. Last year the Nursery served almost 700 Yolo County children and distributed over 2,700 care packages filled with essential items for families with young children in need.

Our community’s ability to help others in their time of need is one of the things I love most about Yolo County. Having lived and worked here all my life, I have seen and felt the compassion and generosity. As a former police officer now realtor, and dad to three amazing daughters, I am called to help others. As a community, I believe that positive and healthy childhoods are a cornerstone of our community’s compassion and success and that we need to look out for those who are struggling and lend them a helping hand.

We are so fortunate to have the Yolo Crisis Nursery in Yolo County. It is a unique and amazing resource, and I am honored to be the newest member of its Board of Directors. We are a volunteer board from diverse backgrounds and skill sets, but we are united in our dedication to the Nursery’s vision that every child in Yolo County grows up in a safe, loving, and stable home.

This past year has truly been like no other. With so many children and families in need, the Nursery needs your support now more than ever. I invite you to join me and my family for a good old-fashioned crab dinner and a much-needed night of virtual community fun to help children and families in need.

With your support, the Yolo Crisis Nursery can work with more families to adapt and overcome challenges. To learn more about the Yolo Crisis Nursery or to make a donation, please visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org.

— This article originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on February 28, 2021 and is written by Jeremy Higgins, a member of the Yolo Crisis Nursery Board of Directors.

It is crab season in California, and that means the ninth annual Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed is just around the corner! We’ve gone virtual this year and are planning an evening of food, fun, and fundraising on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

This year’s Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed will be a virtual shell-ebration like no other! The Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery have successfully produced this event since 2013 and are committed to creating a memorable and one-of-a-kind experience again this year.

Each dinner includes delicious fresh crab, Caesar salad, pasta, roll, and a cookie. Here’s how it works: first order online at www.yolocrisisnursery.org/yolocrisisnurserycrabfeed/, then on Saturday, March 13, between 4 and 6 p.m., drive through for a masked, contactless, dinner pick-up at the University Park Inn and Suites Conference Site, 1121 Richards Boulevard, in Davis. You can then return home to enjoy your dinner and favorite beverage at your leisure, and then join the virtual event from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Get ready for mouthwatering crab and a virtual event and auction that are sure to entertain.” says Yolo Crisis Nursery Board President JoEllen Welsch. “This past year has truly been like no other. The proceeds from our annual Crab Feed are an essential piece of the Nursery’s financial health and enable the Nursery to serve children and families in crisis. A successful crab feed will help the Nursery serve more of Yolo County’s at-risk children and their families.”

The live and silent auctions have a great lineup of items including one-of-a-kind art, golf outings, travel adventures, and tasty desserts. A live-auction preview and silent auction will open on March 8. Go to www.yolocrisisnursery.org/yolocrisisnurserycrabfeed/to learn more or to join our mailing list.

We are thrilled to announce that Clark Pacific is our premier sponsor. “We are honored to be the premier sponsor of the Crab Feed,” said Bob Clark, co-CEO Clark Pacific. “It is wonderful to partner with the Yolo Crisis Nursery as we share a passion for serving the youth of Yolo County.”

This event historically sells out well in advance, so don’t delay and get your tickets today. Individual tickets are only $50, and several levels of sponsorship are still available starting at $1,000. They can be purchased now at www.yolocrisisnursery.org/yolocrisisnurserycrabfeed/.

All Crab Feed proceeds go to the Yolo Crisis Nursery. The Nursery is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children and families in turmoil. Our services are free of charge, and we never turn children away. The Nursery’s emergency respite care program is funded by the generosity of people like you.

The Yolo Crisis Nursery’s work is often best illustrated by our clients’ successes. Frank, a loving and hard-working father, found himself in crisis when Mary,his partner and mother of his 2-year old son, went missing. Mary suffers from mental illness, and for reasons unknown, she did not come home. Frank and his son, Jack, were devastated and suddenly alone, without a support network.

Prior to her departure, Mary cared for Jack while Frank worked full-time as a landscaper. With Mary gone, Frank was at a tipping point. He had no one to care for Jack and had used all his paid leave at work. If Frank stayed at home to care for Jack, he would lose his job and home.

Thankfully, Frank found the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Through the intake process our trauma-informed staff identified that Jack was autistic. The staff quickly coordinated additional medical screenings, check-ups, and initiated other critical services.

The Nursery also provided childcare for Jack, who was nurtured, fed nutritious meals, and enjoyed an enriching curriculum through the onsite preschool. Meanwhile, Frank was able to maintain his full-time employment, while working closely with Nursery’s staff to navigate his son’s diagnosis and his childcare crisis. With the Nursery’s help, Frank connected with community resources that helped him find long-term childcare and develop a support network of other parents.

Frank worked hard to build a new life for himself and Jack. This family is now thriving in fact, Frank was recently promoted to a managerial position at work.

Every child and family that the Yolo Crisis Nursery serves is unique, and each one is in crisis with little or no support system, and all are in need of aid. The Nursery keeps young, vulnerable children safe and helps their parents resolve their immediate crises. The Nursery continues to work with and follow families for one year to ensure that they successfully transition out of crisis, the children remain safe, and the family stays whole.

Please join us on March 13th for crab and fun to help at-risk Yolo County children avert disaster. To learn more about the Nursery or to donate, please visitwww.yolocrisisnursery.org

This article was written by Martha Bernauer and Nancy Storm, chairs of the 9th annual Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed. It originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on January 24, 2021

When crab season comes each year to Northern California so does the Annual Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed. The 2021 Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed will be a virtual SHELLebration like no other! We’ll have lots of fun fundraising for vulnerable children in Yolo County!

The Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery have worked hard to plan a unique, one-of-a-kind experience for you.

As of March 1st, we sold out of crab dinners.

Registration is still open for the complimentary virtual SHELLebration, so register today to join in on the fun!

The Silent Auction is OPEN! Don’t miss out on all the unique silent auction items. Place your bid today!

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Heard bheard@yolocrisisnursery.org.

Life has been turned upside-down for us all since mid-March. We are so thankful we had our eighth annual Krustaceans for Kids Crab Feed before then. The evening was the last social gathering for so many of us before sheltering in place to help flatten the curve.

As the State begins to reopen, we want to express our deep gratitude for two record-breaking events — Big Day of Giving and Krustaceans for Kids. The proceeds raised through these events are allowing the Nursery staff to serve more families in new and creative ways from the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are so grateful for all who sprinkled the Nursery with Love for the Big Day of Giving during the first week in May. Despite the challenging circumstances in all of our lives, our amazing community rallied to help the most vulnerable children and those hardest hit by the pandemic.

We extend a special thanks to Greg and Amy McNece and the Yolo Crisis Nursery Board of Directors for their matching gifts. We are so pleased to have exceeded those generous gifts. Thank you also to all who donated and participated in our Sprinkler Challenge — Yolo County kids felt all that love! The gifts made for Big Day of Giving have a profoundly positive impact at this critical juncture. Thank You!

This year’s Krustaceans for Kids Crab Feed was made possible by our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests, to whom this year we say a very special thank you! We cannot thank our volunteers enough, particularly the event co-chairs Nancy Storm and Martha Bernauer. The year-after-year growth of this sell-out event would not be possible without their leadership and tireless efforts. To the entire Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery team: You are making the world a better place for the children of Yolo County and you have our heartfelt appreciation.

Thank you also Lamppost Pizza, Upper Crust Bakery, Sudwerk Brewing, and Paradise Valley Estates for your delicious donations. And a very special thank you goes to our volunteer servers from the National Charity League and Woodland High School National Honors students.

We would like to recognize and thank our returning Premier Sponsor Sutter Health and King Crab Sponsors Jim and Lucinda Childress, Davisville Management Company, 2nd Street Storage, Aggie Square Apartments, Fountain Circle Townhomes and Almondwood Apartments for their ongoing generosity and support.

Sincere thanks to our generous Dungeness Crab Sponsors: Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Harris and Mary Liu of the Woodland McDonald’s.

To our wonderful Blue Crab Sponsors: Martha Bernauer & Maren Heise, Brooks Painting & Higgins Team Good Home Group, Brown Construction Inc., Marguerite Callahan, Carbahal & Company, Coldwell Banker Select Davis & Woodland, Davis Firefighters Local 3494, Davis Oddfellows & Davis Rebekah Lodge, F Street Dispensary, Steve & Teri Greenfield, Heidy & Peter Kellison, Morse Custom Homes & Remodeling, NakanoKennedySimpson, Recology, Kay Resler, Shottenkirk Honda, Sharon Schauer & Brodie Hamilton, Stromberg Redway Friends, Swim America – Davis, Stewart & Ann Teal, Union Bank, and Welsch Family & Friends – Thank you.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, we would also like to thank our amazing volunteer kitchen crew, bartenders, security team, The Bridge Church, Collegiate Studios, and CK Hicks.

And last but not least, thank you to the numerous businesses, community groups and individuals who donated items for our auction and raffle. Your generosity was a critical piece to our success.

Our local small businesses have always rallied to support those in need in our community, and we encourage our community to shop local to support those businesses in their time of need. If you are interested in helping vulnerable children and families in Yolo County, I hope you’ll consider joining us. Please email bheard@yolocrisisnursery.org to learn more about how you can help the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Visit our website, www.yolocrisisnursery.org, to learn more or join us with a donation or by volunteering.

— This article was written by Steve Willhoff, Yolo Crisis Nursery Treasurer. The article first appeared in the Davis Enterprise on May 24, 2020. 

It is crab season in California and that means the Annual “Krustaceans for Kids” Crab Feed benefitting the Yolo Crisis Nursery is just around the corner! The fun, food, and yes, fundraising is set to begin on Saturday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodland Senior and Community Center.

Krustaceans for Kids is an extraordinary crab feed! Volunteer servers will keep your table well-stocked with buckets of delicious, crab, pasta with red sauce, Caesar salad, and delicious bread. It is all-you-can-eat, so come hungry. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be available throughout the event at conveniently located no-host bars.

“We’ve had a sell-out crowd for the past few years. Over 500 people attended last year’s Krustaceans for Kids,” said Yolo Crisis Nursery board president JoEllen Welsch. “A successful crab feed again this year will really help keep the nursery financially healthy so that we can continue to serve Yolo County’s at-risk children and their families.”

The Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery has successfully produced this event since 2013, and we are working hard to make sure this year’s crab feed is the best yet. The fun doesn’t end with sumptuous all-you-can-eat food, as the ever-popular giant Raffle and the Live and Silent Auctions will return again with a great line-up of items including a tasty array of homemade desserts.

We are thrilled to have Sutter Health returning as our Premier Sponsor. This type of dedicated support from our community is critical in helping us achieve our vision that every child in Yolo County grows up in a safe, loving, and stable home.

Last year’s event sold out well in advance, so don’t delay. Get your tickets today. Individual tickets are only $50, and several levels of sponsorship are still available starting at $1,000. They can be purchased now at www.yolocrisisnursery.org.

All Krustaceans for Kids Crab Feed proceeds goes to the Yolo Crisis Nursery. The Nursery is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children and families in turmoil. Our services are free of charge, and we do not turn away any children. The Nursery’s emergency respite care program is funded by the generosity of our community.

Every child and family the Yolo Crisis Nursery serves is different, but each one is in crisis with little or no support system and all in need of aid. The Nursery keeps young, vulnerable children safe and helps the parents resolve their immediate crises. The Nursery continues to work with and follow families for one year to ensure that they successfully transition out of crisis, the children remain safe, and the family stays whole, such as the case of Sara and her son, Alex.

Sara, a young, pregnant, single, working mom, was on the brink of losing her job because she did not have childcare for her toddler son, Alex. Both of them had suffered abuse. At 4 years of age, Alex had behavioral challenges as a result of the abuse and had been removed from multiple childcare centers.

Sara was proud to be newly on her own with Alex and with a new baby on the way. The thought of losing her job, home and ability to care for her young family was overwhelming and devastating to Sara. Thanks to help from the Yolo Crisis Nursery, Sara was able to keep both her job and home, while helping Alex with behavior modification therapy. We may call it a nursery, but it is oh, so much more.

Please join us on March 7 for all-you-can-eat crab and fun to help our most vulnerable, at-risk Yolo County children, like Alex, avert disaster. Interested in joining the Friends of The Yolo Crisis Nursery? Please email friends@yolocrisisnursery.org. To learn more about the Nursery or to donate, please visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org

— This article was written by Martha Bernauer and Nancy Storm, co-chairs of the eighth annual Krustacean for Kids Crab Feed benefiting the Yolo Crisis Nursery. The article first appeared in the Davis Enterprise on Sunday, January 26, 2020. 

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The Krustaceans for Kids Crab Feed was a record breaker this year — raising more than $91,500 for the Yolo Crisis Nursery!

This 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. All money raised goes directly to supporting our community-funded respite care programs for Yolo County children and families in crisis.

Fun facts about the seventh annual “Krustaceans for Kids” Crab Feed:

* Number of event sponsors: 41
* Number of guests: 526
* Pounds of crab served: 1,450
* Pounds of pasta: 60
* Breadsticks and rolls served: 1,328
* Cases of wine: 14
* Kegs of beer: 3
* Volunteers working the event: 100-plus

We are deeply grateful to our community for turning out in such force, demonstrating once again their 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 their commitment to the nursery and to Yolo County’s most vulnerable children and their families.

It takes a village, and I cannot thank our volunteers enough, particularly event co-chairs Nancy Storm and Martha Bernauer. The year-after-year growth of this sell-out event would not be possible without their leadership and tireless efforts. The Krustaceans for Kids Crab Feed is produced entirely by a small group of volunteers. Thank you to the amazing Crab Feed Committee: Judi Berry, Marge Callahan, Linda Dullum, Lynn Evert, Maren Heise, Rita Lundin, Liz Malinoff, Sharon Schauer, Patti Sparks, Veronica Stanton, Lynette Temple, and Connie Zuercher. To the entire Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery team: You are making the world a better place for the children of Yolo County and you have our heartfelt appreciation.

To the ever-entertaining John Chuck, thank you for leading us in the fun and fundraising last weekend. Thank you also to Lamppost Pizza, Upper Crust Bakery, Sudwerk Brewing, and Paradise Valley Estates for your delicious donations. And a very special thank you to our volunteer servers from the National Charity League and Woodland High School National Honors students.

We would like to recognize and thank our returning Premier Sponsor Sutter Health and King Crab Sponsor Jim and Lucinda Childress for their ongoing generosity and support.

Sincere thanks to our generous Dungeness Crab Sponsors: 2nd Street Storage, Aggie Square Apartments, Almondwood Apartments, Dignity Health, Fountain Circle Townhomes, Kaiser Permanente and Diane Makley.

To our wonderful Blue Crab Sponsors: Martha Bernauer, Lyon Real Estate, Ron Brown Construction, Carbahal & Company, Coldwell Banker Select, Davis Ace Hardware, Nicole Davis, Edward Jones, Davis Oddfellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge, Eadie Family, Kim Eichorn, Carole Franti, Howard Real Estate Services, Heidy and Peter Kellison, Van Dermyden Maddux, Morse Custom Homes and Remodelling, David Nakano, Recology, Kay Resler, Schottenkirk Honda, Sola Bee Farms, The Perfect Window, Stewart & Ann Teal, Union Bank, and Steve and Evon Willhoff — thank you.

Bretton Woods, Brooks Painting, Davis Fire Fighters Local 3494, Nugget Markets, Purves & Associates, Sharon Schauer, John Sleuter, Swim America, Lois Wolk, and Helen Thomson — many thanks for your Snow Crab sponsorship.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery, we would also like to thank our amazing volunteer kitchen crew, bartenders, security team, The Bridge Church, Collegiate Studios, CK Hicks and Sue Barnes.

And last but not least, thank you to the numerous businesses, community groups and individuals who donated items for our auction and raffle. Your generosity is a critical piece to our unprecedented success this year.

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 friends@yolocrisisnursery.org or join us on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Carlton Senior Living Center. The rewards are priceless, not to mention the laughter and warm community you’ll encounter in the Friends’ group.

The Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s next event is the inaugural Yolo Crisis Nursery Barn Dance on Oct. 19 — save the date and get ready to kick up your heels for kids!

Visit our website, www.yolocrisisnursery.org, or subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn more about our upcoming events or to learn more about the Nursery. We hope to see you soon!

— Jane Eadie is the president of the Yolo Crisis Nursery.

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