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The Lobsters are Coming

9/20/2010

On Oct. 9, the parking lot at Grace Episcopal Church in Freeport will turn into a lobster shack. Parishioners will be delivering lobsters just harvested from the cold waters off-shore from the State of Maine as part of the 6th annual Lobsterpalooza drive-thru to benefit FACC. More than $14,000 has been donated by this church through this annual drive.

Fresh, one-and-one-half pound Main lobsters, live or cooked, are available to the public for purchase at $20 each. Orders are being accepted through Oct. 4. The crustaceans will be ready for pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9.

“The Maine lobster season is in full swing and catches are good,” said Carol Francis, chair of this year’s Lobsterpalooza. “The demand for lobster is a bit stronger this year in part due to excellent summer weather in the northeast.

Grace Episcopal Church is a regular contributor to FACC. This annual fundraiser is an added opportunity to contribute more than their yearly budget contribution.

“The programs that FACC offer are important to us at our church and we are always looking for ways to exceed our pledge each year,” Francis added. “This event allows us to do it.”

The goal of the Lobsterpalooza is to sell 500 lobsters. The week of delivery, the lobsters will be harvested live on that Thursday, flown to Chicago the next day and delivered to Freeport on the day of delivery.

“Lobsterpalooza has grown to be a great event for Grace church, FACC and the community,” Francis said. “Many participants get together for a pot luck and have an instant party.

“The parish and those who purchase lobsters have a tremendous amount of fun, and FACC receives the much needed financial support — it’s a win-win for all,” she added.

The support FACC receives from the community through Grace Episcopal’s Lobsterpalooza is extremely important to our organization,” Wright said. “Proceeds from this event help us fund our food pantry, which provides emergency food for over 900 families each year.”

People wishing to order lobsters can stop by the church for an order form, or call (815) 232-4422. The church is located at 10 S. Cherry Ave., Freeport.