It’s (virtually) Crab Season

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

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.