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