San Carlos Crab Feed brings smiles to seniors

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San Carlos Crab Feed brings smiles to seniors

The guests hold an intense conversation while serving themselves.

The guests hold an intense conversation while serving themselves.

Audrey Luey

The guests hold an intense conversation while serving themselves.

Audrey Luey

Audrey Luey

The guests hold an intense conversation while serving themselves.

Audrey Luey, Staff Writer

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The annual Adult Community Center (ACC) Crab Feed provides seniors with the opportunity to socialize and indulge in an evening dinner with an assortment of foods, while participating in an interactive silent auction. 

The ACC is a multi-purpose adult associated recreational facility with a large variety of activities and programs designed to enhance the lives of local citizens. The organization openly offers aid to San Carlos residents above the age of 50 who seek financial, health, or counseling services.

“Every year the non-profit board of the Friends of the ACC put on a community crab feed as a way to fundraise. One hundred percent of the proceeds come back to the services at the ACC,” said Linda Scannel, the recreational coordinator of the ACC .

Over 200 people attended the crab feed and enjoyed multiple servings of fresh crab, salad, pasta, bread, and desserts. Additionally, several volunteers devoted their time and energy towards making the event enjoyable for the seniors.

This year, the money raised by the silent auction exceeded the amount raised last year. 

“I love helping the community and helping the seniors; they’re a delight in my life. It’s my extended family when I come to work every day,” Scannel said.

Scannel has been an active participant in the ACC for over 17 years and still continues to coordinate recreational events.

“I like to volunteer and help in the community to make it better for the seniors to have activities. We like to support the Adult Community Center,” said Louise Della Maggiora, the head of the board of Friends. 

As a multi-purpose senior center, the ACC strives to promote a healthy lifestyle with a sense of belonging and many bonded relationships for the elderly. Along with its convenient benefits in all departments of daily needs, it also includes many enrichment classes, as well as a weekly lunch program with nutritious dietary compliments.

“We like to do things that enhance the programs that are already in existence for the ACC. This is a place where seniors can socialize. It’s like a youth center for your grandmother,” Maggiora said.  

The ACC organization continues to implement unique chances for seniors in San Carlos to improve their living habits, and ultimately bring everyone together, including volunteers and staff members.

“I am really gratified that I am able to give back because I am a San Carlos resident and I have a business here, a rental property. I think it’s vitally important for me to give back to the community, and I enjoy doing it,” said Vivian Chen, a regular volunteer.

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