This past weekend, several groups of dedicated JDRF supporters enthusiastically devoted their time and energy to two notable fundraisers: the Crab & Shrimp Feed and the Salmon Falls 50K Run. On Saturday, February 24th, volunteers, attendees and sponsors gathered to advance T1D research by participating and generously contributing to each event.
The 15th annual Crab Feed, held at the McClellan Conference Center, seated close to 1,000 guests for an all-you-can-eat seafood dinner prepared by Dos Coyotes Executive Chef Mark Casale. The evening’s entertainment included a raffle containing over 100 items that culminated with a cruise as the grand prize. There was a silent auction as well with specialty wine, sports memorabilia and foursomes for golf. And finally, a live auction that included VIP tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres show. Local radio channel NOW 100.5 also attended the fundraiser providing music and games as part of their longtime partnership with JDRF and the T1D community. Over 75 volunteers assisted in setting up the dining room, serving food, and coordinating the raffle. We extend our gratitude to these tireless workers who make this event possible. We would also like to thank the staff and management of Dos Coyotes for preparing a delicious meal, American Health Care and Save Mart for their presenting sponsorship and Event Chair Gary Marrone for leading and organizing the event. Preliminary results indicate that over $85,000 was raised to support the T1D community!
On the same day, the Salmon Falls 50K led nearly 350 runners through scenic trails and beautiful landscapes. Beginning in Coloma, participants tested their endurance as they raced through the Sacramento backcountry, eventually winding down to Folsom Point State Park. This year’s top finisher overall was Greg Bricca, who continued his multi-year winning streak with a time of 4:01:35. We are immensely grateful for all the incredible athletes who support our cause! In addition, we thank the numerous volunteers, including members of the NCL El Dorado Chapter and the Boys’ Team Charity group, who assisted in operating the fundraiser. Finally, this race would not be possible without Roger and Salena Leasure, who founded and continue to organize the Salmon Falls 50K with great success.
We are constantly inspired by our community’s unrelenting support and motivation, and we look forward to more exciting events in the months to come!
Written by: Lorena Bergstrom