Sink your claws into Lobsterfest

Second annual fundraiser for two local foundations

Ken Unger

Pull out the bibs and get crackin’.

The second annual Lobsterfest hosted by the Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay and the Saanich Peninsula Foundation takes place Saturday, May 10 and tickets are selling fast. Ken Unger with the Rotary Club says there are — as of this week — only around 50 tickets remaining of the 250 they need to sell.

Last year’s event was sold out, he said. Lobsterfest is a fundraiser for both the Rotary Club and Saanich Peninsula Foundation (SPF). Money raised, says Viola Van de Ruyt, is added to the Foundation’s endowment fund. From there, they award grants every year to other local charities and groups on the Saanich Peninsula.

Unger added his club, too, has an endowment fund overseen by the Brentwood Bay Rotary Foundation. As the two organizations have similar mandates, coming together for a joint fundraiser was a natural. Last year, Lobsterfest raised around $15,000, which was split between the organizations.

The event will be held at the Saanich Fair Ground and features a silent auction (as of press time, organizer Dominique Alford said local businesses had already generously donated 90-plus items).

Alford, who is involved with both clubs, said tickets are $75 each. Lobster is definitely on the menu, she said, adding there will also be chicken.

Lobsterfest will have a cash bar and will be emceed by Michael Forbes and Lisa Marshall from the Ocean 98.5 radio station. The O’Briens will be the evening’s musical entertainment.

To find out more, or to get tickets, call Ken Unger at 250-884-9844 or Dominique Alford at 250-508-9033. Learn more about the SPF at