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Rotary Club of Airdrie set to host first lobster boil in two years this June

The Rotary Club of Airdrie , a group of professionals with a passion for giving back to the local and international community, is hosting its annual lobster boil for the first time in two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rotary Club of Airdrie, a group of professionals with a passion for giving back to the local and international community, is hosting its annual lobster boil for the first time in two years next month.

After two years of COVID-caused cancellations, guests at this year's lobster boil can expect a “back to normal (event), without any restrictions,” according to Scott Bell, who is organizing the lobster boil this year, set for June 4.

A normal lobster boil, Bell noted, “is a good meal with a lobster and steak that comes with your ticket purchase.” The Rotary Club also hosts a silent and live auction at the event. After enjoying their meal, guests can choose to shop or dance while a live deejay plays music.

“We’re hoping to entice new people to come in and see what it’s all about and enjoy an evening out, something that has been long required for quite a while with COVID restrictions,” Bell said. New guests interested in purchasing a ticket can do so online.

The live and silent auction offers a wide variety of products, from tools to wine baskets, to patio furniture and gym products, said Bell, who added the Rotary Club of Airdrie is always looking for donations from businesses for the auction.

Hosted at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre, the club is hoping to sell out of tickets this year, meaning 300 guests at the lobster boil, according to Bell. All proceeds from the ticket purchases support the club in doing “good for our community and for society,” he added.

The boil, which the Rotary Club has been hosting for over 30 years, is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Bell added. The funds raised from the lobster boil support the Rotary Club with a multitude of projects, both local and international.

Due to the lack of fundraisers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club does not have any current projects on the go.

“In the past, we’ve done things like the Rotary Kitchen at the Airdrie Food Bank, water wells in Africa, mud home building in Africa, and computers in Guatemala,” Bell said.

The Rotary Club of Airdrie has not only helped international charities, he said, but also supports BGC Airdrie Club and local scouts groups by creating community gardens and purchasing canoes.

Although the Rotary Club’s main goal for the lobster boil is raising funds to help the community, Bell said the club is “looking forward to having [the boil] again and enjoying the opportunity to celebrate with the community.”

Tickets for the lobster boil are $100 for individuals or $800 for a table of eight. Doors open for the event at 5 p.m., with dinner slated to start at 6:30 p.m.

For tickets or more info, visit Rotarytickets.ca

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