Annual Crab Feed hits record numbers

In an annual tradition that grows each year, union members and their supporters gathered in February for the annual Sacramento Central Labor Council Crab Feed.

This year’s event was the largest so far, and raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund labor programs throughout the coming year. Hundreds of guests filled the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 67 on Stockton Blvd. to celebrate solidarity, enjoy dinner and take their chances in the raffle.

“Every year, I am always amazed at how the community of Labor comes together for this night,” said Sacramento Central Labor Council executive director Fabrizio Sasso. “We gather as friends and family for a night of fun, but the money raised here is also critical to funding the important work we do the rest of the year.”

Money from the sold-out dinner and raffle will be used to support Labor Council programs and events in 2019.

Top sponsors of this year’s event included CWA District 9, the SMUD Board of Directors, the California Federation of Teachers, SEIU-UHW, and California Democratic Party Chair, Alex Rooker. Dungeness Crab level sponsors included Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby and Carpenters’ Union Local 46.

The event also drew local elected officials including Ashby, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and state Senator Richard Pan.

Volunteer servers led by the Labor Council’s Tamie Dramer wound through the packed room delivering plates of crab and pasta.

Dramer said the night was a lot of work to organize, but was critical to both growing the community of Labor and keeping its finances strong to fight for worker and community rights.

“Sacramento is a Labor town and tonight’s turnout is proof of that,” she said. “The money raised here is critical to helping us fight for our city and our rights in the coming year.”