Bremerton's Crackin’ Crab sells out

The fourth annual Crackin’ Crab for Chuck’s Kids is sold out, good news for student athelte schoalrhsip winners at Bremerton High School.

Hosted by the Chuck Semancik Foundation, the crab feed was started by Lane Dowell 10 years ago, and all proceeds from the March 5 event go toward its scholarship endowment.

The money goes to kids, who for the most part, have undergone circumstances in their life that affect their grade points, Dowell said Tuesday. “If they don’t have the monetary resources to earn an education, this is a chance.”

The Bremerton Sons of Norway Hall will hold the crab feed and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food will be served at 6 p.m. Donations are also welcome.

Dowell said Saturday’s feed marks the third time in four years the event is sold out. He added that he’s received two- and three-figure checks in the mail this past month from donors contributing to the foundation named in honor of the Kitsap Hall of Fame coach.

KIRO morning traffic anchor Jenni Hogan will serve as guest hostess, a role she filled two years ago. Hogan will host a raffle for tours of the Seattle news station.

Dowell said tickets were cut off to the public three weeks ago once they reached 250, the building’s capacity. He’s currently exploring other venues for next year’s Crackin’ Crab to accommodate more people. Dowell credits the foundation’s success to its volunteers and the Kitsap community who has donated to the cause.

“I think everyone finally sees what we’re trying to do here, and they’re buying into it so we’re very fortunate. We want to thank everyone for believing in Bremerton’s kids,” he added.

Bremerton mayor Patty Lent will attend the occasion. Dowell said there’s a possibility U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, will also join the festivities Saturday. Dicks is a former football player for Semancik, who won 210 career high school football games and led West Bremerton High School to a state championship in 1961.

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