March 28, 2023

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Success — Crab Feed was a 10 out of 10

The 11th annual Yolo Crisis Nursery Crab Feed united the community and brought us back together where we served more than 500 crab dinners, both to-go meals and at our in-person event. All proceeds from the Crab Feed directly support the Yolo Crisis Nursery Respite Care Programs serving Yolo County children and families facing unimaginable crises. 

We are deeply grateful to our community, for turning out in such force, to demonstrate your unified support for the Nursery’s programs to protect children and preserve families. Thank you to the entire Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery committee who produced this event, especially Martha Bernauer, Nancy Storm, and Sharon Schauer. Nancy and Martha have co-chaired the Crab Feed for the last 10 years, and Nancy and Sharon co-chair the Friends of Yolo Crisis Nursery group. Many thanks to you for your leadership and dedication to the Nursery’s mission. 

We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for the unwavering support and enthusiasm shown by our community for the Nursery and Crab Feed. The event’s incredible success, thanks to our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests, has raised funds to cover roughly 10% of the Nursery’s annual operating budget. Thank you for making a positive impact on the lives of children in Yolo County.  

“Every year the funds raised at the Crab Feed help provide respite care for children when their families are in crisis. Thank you to all sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests for being a positive force for change in our client families’ lives,” said Heather Sleuter, executive director of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. “We cannot thank Martha Bernauer, Sharon Schauer, and Nancy Storm enough. Year-after-year this sell-out event would not be possible without their leadership and tireless efforts.” 

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, King Crab Sponsors Diane Makley and Sutter Health, and Dungeness Crab Sponsor F Street Dispensary, for their generosity and support.

To our wonderful Blue Crab Sponsors: Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry; Brooks Painting; Carbahal and Company; Coldwell Banker Select; Corner Drug Co.; Gina Daleiden and Bill Weisgerber; Davis Odd Fellows Lodge No. 169 and Rebekah Lodge No. 253; Kay Resler; Kim Eichorn; Lyon Real Estate; Marguerite Callahan and Gregory Wilcox; Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling; David Nakano and Nancy Cronheim; Nicole Davis; Edward Jones; Nugget Markets; Recology Davis — Recycling, Compost & Trash Collection; Redway Friends; Sharon Schauer and Brodie Hamilton; Steam Bright Carpet & Tile Cleaning; Steve and Evon Willhoff, and Virginia Joyce and Oliver Stanton. Thank you. 

Thank you to Chelsea Hubbard, Collegiate Studios, Lamppost Pizza, Matchbook Wine Company, Nugget Markets, and Sudwerk Brewing Co. for your generous support. And a very special thank you to our volunteers from the Davis High School Football team, National Charity League, UC Davis Rotaract, and Woodland High School. 

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 and we encourage you to shop local to support them. 

Please save the dates for our upcoming and exciting events! 

* April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please join us on Friday, April 7, to wear blue to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

* May 4 — Big Day of Giving. The Yolo Crisis Nursery is helping Children and Families Thrive. Join us for a 24-hour day of giving and generosity to help raise funds to support the Nursery’s safe stays and respite care programs. 

* May 6 — Race for the Roses a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser at the exquisite Windmill Vineyards to benefit the Yolo Crisis Nursery. A few sponsorships are still available and individual tickets are on sale now at

* Oct. 21 – Y’all, it’s the Barn Dance! Enjoy the live band and dance the night away to the hottest country and rock classic hits. 

If you are interested in helping the most vulnerable children and families in Yolo County, please consider lending your time and talents to the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Simply email The Friends currently meet 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.

There is so much to come in April and May! Please visit our website,, and subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming events, donate, or to learn more about the Nursery.

— Jennifer Thayer is the president of Yolo Crisis Nursery.