Space Center Rotary Shrimporee 2013

Rotarians Bob Taggart, Bill Geissler, Mike Porterfield,  Walt Huff and Gary Renola, from left, prepare the shrimp as the crowd begins to arrive.

Rotarians Bob Taggart, Bill Geissler, Mike Porterfield, Walt Huff and Gary Renola, from left, prepare the shrimp as the crowd begins to arrive.

Brian Ellis, right, checks on the bean crew as the Rotary Shrimporee gets under way. Crew members are all Ph.D’s from UH-Clear Lake and members of Space Center Rotary – from left, Dr. Carl Stockton, Dr. Ted Cummings, Dr. Jean Walker and Dr. Mrinal Varma.

Brian Ellis, right, checks on the bean crew as the Rotary Shrimporee gets under way. Crew members are all Ph.D’s from UH-Clear Lake and members of Space Center Rotary – from left, Dr. Carl Stockton, Dr. Ted Cummings, Dr. Jean Walker and Dr. Mrinal Varma.

Slade and Cindy Lewis, owners of Lewis Diamonds and Timepieces, arrive at Clear Lake Park for the Rotary Shrimporee with their children, Whitley, at left, and Levi. Their Webster jewelry store donated a $5,000 shopping spree at the store for the Shrimporee raffle.

Slade and Cindy Lewis, owners of Lewis Diamonds and Timepieces, arrive at Clear Lake Park for the Rotary Shrimporee with their children, Whitley, at left, and Levi. Their Webster jewelry store donated a $5,000 shopping spree at the store for the Shrimporee raffle.

Shrimporee marks 40th anniversary

A crowd of more than 3,000 joined Space Center Rotary members in celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Shrimporee and Auction in Clear Lake Park’s Landolt Pavilion.

Chaired by President-elect Scott Rainey, the afternoon festivities featured both live and silent auctions, mounds of shrimp and barbecue with entertainment for kids and music by the San Jacinto College Band. A highlight of the event came with the announcement of the winner of the raffle – a $5,000 shopping spree donated by Lewis Diamonds and Timepieces in Webster.

This year’s beneficiaries are the EarlyAct FirstKnight program at Whitcomb Elementary in Clear Lake and Team River Runner Veteran’s Outdoor Project.

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