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Lions preparing seafood feast

The Bremerton Central Lions Club will be serving up quite a feast at the Admiral Theatre Sept. 22, and it promises to be more than the club’s famous blackberry slugs.

The club’s 20th annual seafood feast and auction will kick off at 5 p.m. with complimentary champagne reception followed by a gourmet surf and turf meal and live auction at 7 p.m.

“There should be something for everybody,” event chairman Mike Peterson said.

August Wynn Fine Foods is catering this year’s event and will serve up a delicate halibut dish and New York strip steak as the main course for the evening, Peterson said.

The entree will be sandwiched between a shrimp salad with the chef’s special dressing and a karmisu with a twist, he said.

As guests are enjoying flutes of champagne they will also be able to bid on the estimated 80 items on the three silent auction tables, he said.

“We have lots of drink baskets with wine, brandy and tequila,” he said.

Also included in the silent auction items are decorative patio stones and myriad of other treasures for those with a discerning eye, he said.

But the bidding won’t stop there as the main attraction of the live auction is a 12-day cruise on Holland America cruise lines, he said.

“I’ve counted 25 destinations between October and September 2008 that are available,” he said.

There are also nights at the Westin in Seattle and the Illahee Bed and Breakfast, which comes with a complimentary meal from Tony’s Restaurant, as well, he said.

Before the bidding starts one lucky person will be able to claim the first live auction item with the exception of the cruise by purchasing a raffle ticket at the event, he said.

Raffle tickets are $50, but many of the live auction items are worth far more than that as the live event includes two estate planning packages worth $500, he said.

With all the fine dining and great items available throughout the evening, it’s important to remember that it’s all for a good cause.

“We have a past director of Lions International who will give a talk about Sight First II,” he said.

With the Lions emphasis on sight and hearing, Sight First II aims to raise $150 million globally to end preventable blindness, he said.

With tickets costing $50 in advance and $75 at the door, Peterson said he expects about 120 people at the event, but added that there’s always room for more.

As for concerns about parking for the event, Peterson said that shouldn’t be a problem either.

“Parking is available at West Sound Bank, which is one of our sponsors,” Peterson said.

For information or tickets call Peterson at (360) 698-0369 or club president Caroline McClourkan at (360) 377-2697.

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