edited.CrabFeast_RebeccaKanaskieBy Katy Shenk

Student Life Editor

Saturday’s first day of fall saw Washington College students and their families gather at the Chester River waterfront for an afternoon of boat racing and crab feasting.

Kicking off the afternoon was the 12th annual Cardboard Boat Race at 3 p.m. Twelve teams of students rowed their cardboard creations to a buoy and back, though not all boats reached the finish line intact.

The champion of the race, by a wide margin, was the Chesapeake Semester team boat rowed by junior Joshua Cohen and sophomores Olivia Butler and Jimmy Looper.

Their turquoise vessel “Sea”-ES, like all other boats in the running, was constructed using only cardboard, duct tape, and water-soluble glue and paint.

Following the race from 4 to 7:30 p.m. was Phi Delta Theta’s 28th annual Crab Feast, also held in Wilmer Park. The event was organized by a committee led by senior member A.J. Hundertmark.

Hundertmark said he took a collaborative approach when delegating responsibilities for the event.

“I appointed a committee of brothers to help me set up the feast. Their contributions have as much of an impact on a positive event as my contributions do,” he said.

In addition to promoting the event on social media, Phi Delta Theta members manned a table in Hodson Hall in the week preceding the event to boost ticket sales.

Also crucial in helping to plan the event were seniors Garrett Wissel and Trae Hoffner, juniors Patrick Berry, Drew Berry and Jack Gribble, and sophomore David Velasquez.

On the day of the event, a shuttle transported students and their families from the Casey Academic Center to Wilmer Park.

According to President of Phi Delta Theta senior Jacob Yallof, this year’s target attendance was over 400 people, to top the success of last year’s Crab Feast.

Proceeds from the feast go toward the Packard Center at John Hopkins University, a center focused on researching a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“Phi Delta Theta has had a strong connection with ALS research due to brother and famous baseball player Lou Gehrig being one of the first individuals to bring the disease to light. Our chapter works closely as partners in collaboration with The Packard Center to spread awareness and raise money year-round,” Yallof said in an email.

Although attendance numbers are important, Hundertmark believes that raising awareness for the ALS cause is just as meaningful.

“[The feast] is, at the end of the day, an event for charity. So, as long as people contributing to the cause and fighting for it understand what it is all about, then we are achieving our goal,” he said.

Yallof agreed that the focus of the feast is supporting the Packard Center in its research efforts.

“ALS is a terrible disease and sometimes it is hard to make a big impact at such a small school. The students at WC help us make the difference in coming closer to a cure (while eating some tasty blue crab),” he said.

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