Grove Rotary has set Friday, June 24 for LobsterFest 2011, following last year’s highly successful fund-raiser that drew more than 370 people to enjoy lobster and steak dinners.  This year’s benefit feast again will be held in the Grove Civic Center, starting at 6 p.m.

Ivan Devitt, Grove Rotary president, said, “We are looking forward to another exciting event as part of Rotary’s commitment to serving others in the community.  It may be difficult to top last year’s benefit, but we accept the challenge!”

Proceeds from LobsterFest 2011 will benefit the Grove Rotary Foundation, which supports such local organizations as children’s literacy programs, children’s domestic abuse programs, Delaware County youth athletic programs, Centennial Park Playground equipment maintenance, high school and Northeast Technology Centerscholarships, the Choices program, and leadership training camp, among others.

Last year’s LobsterFest raised more than $35,000 to benefit the Grand Lake Family YMCA.

Tickets for the June 24 event are $60 per person and may be purchased on-line at www.grovelobsterfest.com. Beginning May 1, tickets will be available for sale at various Grove banks.

As noted on the web site, a limit of 450 tickets has been set for the benefit and all tickets must be purchased byJune 14, 2011.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  People who buy eight tickets will have a table reserved in their name.

The LobsterFest menu this year again will feature a choice of Maine lobster with clams, egg, corn on the cob and broccoli salad — or steak with baked potato and broccoli salad.  Dessert, beer, wine, water and coffee also will be available.  The live lobsters and live mahogany clams are flown from Maine and prepared by Rotary volunteers.

 Another highlight of the evening will be a live auction of several travel, golf and concert opportunities, as well as a silent auction of many desirable packages.  More information about auction items will be available in the coming weeks.

Grove Rotary, which has 123 members, is dedicated to the principle of “Service Above Self” and helps address community needs in a number of ways.  Rotary supports such programs as the Grove Rotary Centennial Park, Humane Society of Grove, Lendonwood Gardens, DCCSAN, dictionary programs, and many others.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional people who are working to eradicate polio, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill.