The Crab Feed


St. Joseph’s School Crab Feed Dinner & Auction

Let’s Luau!

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – The Grove Hotel

Aloha, St. Joe’s Parents!

Last weekend, we  were transported to an island paradise for a night of fun, good friends and fundraising for our fantastic school. But the Luau is still happening!

Hula your way over to the Online Auction to find many more great things to bid on, including: school spirit items like Sports Dress Day and the Mom’s Pajama Party! Other great items include a $250 Ennis Fine Furniture gift card and tickets to the Peter Pan Ballet. You can also make a donation to the School Safety Package which was this year’s “Fund a Need” paddle raiser.

The auction is open now through 5 pm Sunday, March 19th.

Click and go to the GREEN Start Bidding button in the upper left corner. Enter your email and follow the instructions to complete your registration. If you’ve already registered through Greater Giving, there is no need to register again. Simply click the link and start bidding!

Now you can bid on packages anywhere, from your home to your office and even on the go! It’s incredibly simple, and designed to help you easily manage your bids. Follow the steps below and get started now.
  1. After registering, access the Online Bidding page by entering your username and password.
  2. Select the package you wish to bid on.
  3. Select Place Bid, and choose your bid increment.

Congratulations! You’ve already begun to support our cause. Other options include setting your own maximum bid on packages, watching packages you’re interested in, and But It Now to immediately purchase the package. Finally, you can use My List from the Menu button to see what packages you you’ve bid on or are watching. You will receive a notification whenever you are outbid, ensuring that you always know what the status of your bids are.

More information regarding this event can be found on the St. Joe’s website under Crab Feed or at our auction website:

Thanks for helping us to make this year’s Crab Feed a huge success!

Kim Malvick and Molly Mosher
2017 Auction Chairs

Who do I contact if I want to help?

(Click name to send an email)
Event Chairs: Kim Malvick and Molly Mosher
Solicitations: Jacqueline Fiorini-Loper
Sponsorships: Tracy Sprague
Advertising: Molly Mosher
Underwriting: Megan Ronk
Live Auction: Melissa Gilbert and Daniella Emerson
Art Projects: Anna Farrell
Online Auction: Karey Hunter and Nancy Raeber
Dessert Auction: Michelle Hebert
Class Baskets: Julia Martinez and Stephanie Dahl
Invitations/Website/Social Media: Julie Robinson
Decorations: Kari Strimple
Program: Kristin Brandenburgh
Mystery Wine: Jenn Miller
$100 Live Auction Raffle: Jayne Davis
Live Auction Slide Show: Francine MacDonald
Student Slide Show: Barbara O’Meara
Parish Chair: Gemma Gaudette
Mobile Bidding: David Gabrieli
Check-In / Check-Out: Mona Warchol and Cari Schauer
Live Auction (Night Of): Phil Warchol
Reservations: Kim Malvick
Table Assignments: Anna Goss and Ahnna Dudley
Teacher Treasure Table: Carmen Hormaechea and Jann Marie Stockwell
Thank Yous: Laura Gale
Marketing: DaviesMoore
Auction Host: Greater Giving

Crab Feed FAQs

What is the Crab Feed?

The Crab Feed is the major fundraiser for St. Joseph’s School. It is held in late February/early March each year, and consists of a dessert, silent and live auction as well as an online auction. As part of the live auction, beautiful pieces of art made by your children will also be auctioned off as a one of a kind masterpiece. Last year, the Crab Feed raised $143,000 for St. Joseph’s School and $46,000 for the school counselor and reading specialist office additions in the paddle raiser. This year the goal of the Crab Feed is to raise $110,000. We hope to not only meet, but exceed this goal for 2017 along with raising additional funds for our Paddle Raiser, the focus of which will be revealed in the weeks ahead.

Why is it called the Crab Feed?

In the early years, St. Joseph’s School families used to go to the Oregon coast and get crab. They would then bring it back to Boise and host a crab feed as a fundraiser in the school cafeteria. They would set up tables complete with red checkered tablecloths and make any additional food in the church kitchen. Today, we maintain the name; however, the meal may or may not contain crab.

Why should I attend the Crab Feed?

The Crab Feed is a great opportunity for our school and church to come together to celebrate our amazing community and help ensure that we are able to meet our financial obligations for the school’s 2016-17 operating budget. There will be time to socialize, share a wonderful sit-down meal, bid on some fabulous items and continue to help build on the tradition first established long ago with the humble beginnings of the Crab Feed.

What are the details for the 2017 Crab Feed?

The 2017 Crab Feed will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 4th at the Grove Hotel. More details on theme and attire will be coming in the days ahead. A special room rate will be offered to all Crab Feed attendees who wish to stay overnight at the Grove Hotel the evening of the event.

Where do I get tickets for the Crab Feed?

Crab Feed tickets will be available for purchase online at our auction website hosted by Greater Giving. Dinner selections, pre-registration, sponsorship information and much more can be found at our auction website. Look for the link to our auction page on our website and in our Crab Feed Chronicles communications in the coming days.

Do I need to buy them in advance?

Last year, the Crab Feed sold out. This year, there are again only 350 tickets available. We want as many people as possible to participate, so don’t delay in getting your tickets and risk missing out on this wonderful event!

What goes into to planning the Crab Feed?

Planning for this year’s Crab Feed is well underway. Since the beginning of the school year,  the Crab Feed chairs have been meeting to discuss enhancements for this year’s event, secured a venue, determined a theme, and established chairs to head the various positions. It takes a team to help with this event! Be sure to read the weekly Crab Feed Chronicles sent out every Wednesday to stay up to date on auction information as well as stay informed of our on-going needs. Remember 5 of your 25 volunteer hours must go toward helping with a school fundraiser.

What do you need from me, as a parent, for the Crab Feed?

There are many ways that you can get involved to make sure this event is a success. No donation or involvement on your part is too small or too big! To reference the cliche, it really does take a village to pull this event off each year and we could not do it without the support of our wonderful parents. There are multiple ways to contribute your gifts of time and talents. The following is a list of ways to help:

  • Donate an item to our live or silent auctions
  • Donate a dessert to our dessert auction either a homemade specialty or from a local bakery
  • Donate to your child’s classroom basket that will be in the silent auction
  • Advertise in the auction program for your local business or place of work
  • Table sponsorships for the event are also available and are a great way to both support the school and promote your local business
  • Underwrite a portion of our auction expenses in order to offset the cost of putting on the event
  • Join the solicitations team and help solicit items from the community and school families
  • Volunteer to assist the art project coordinators and help with the creation of the class art projects
  • Volunteer on the day of the event to help with set-up, check-in/check-out, and clean up.
  • Reach out to Kim Malvick at or 256-527-8221 to discuss ways to get involved or determine where your talents may be best utilized

What is new for Crab Feed 2017?

This year our event will once again be held at The Grove Hotel. This venue provides a centralized and easily accessible location for all of our guests. A special parking rate will be available to park in the local garages in addition to the special hotel rate already mentioned. Be sure to book early as a block of rooms will not be reserved and be available on a first come, first serve basis.

We will also be utilizing mobile bidding again this year and have strategized more ways to streamline the bidding and make it more user-friendly. We will go back to paper bids for the dessert auction but for all other silent auction items we will again bid on our phones. The bidding will begin on Wednesday before the auction giving you ample time to familiarize yourself with the silent auction as well as create your item “watch lists.” Starting the auction before Saturday will also allow you to get more comfortable with the mobile bidding process and answer any questions you may have. With the addition of our mobile bidding chair, David Gabrieli, we are confident you will have a pleasant (and competitive!) bidding experience this year. More details to follow!