Phi Delta Theta fraternity hosts Crab Feast for 31st year

September 21, 2022 / By Heather Fabritze, Student Life Editor

The Phi Delta Theta MD Gamma chapter at Washington College hosted their primary philanthropy event, Crab Feast, during Fall Family Weekend.

Starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, this year’s Crab Feast was the chapter’s 31st annual iteration of the event. Proceeds from the event are donated to Johns Hopkins University’s Packard Center for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research. ALS is Phi Delta Theta’s national philanthropy and MD Gamma’s relationship with the Packard Center extends back years.

Attendees had access to unlimited crabs, burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and other refreshments. Tickets were $40 and could be purchased prior or at check-in. T-shirts could also be bought in-person or online and included sizes from small to 2-XL for $25 each.

Shirts are currently sold out.

This year, Phi Delta Theta partnered with the Alumni House to reserve a tent in Martha Washington Square. The fraternity also raffled off a cornhole set on behalf of the WC Alumni Association.

According to Phi Delta Theta Philanthropy Chair junior Dyllan Bishop, the roughly $10,000 cost of planning and setting up the event is one of the most difficult parts of the process.

“It’s always brutal – always,” Bishop said. “A lot of work and then just organizing this…We spend an absurd amount of money on crabs, which is why the ticket price is $40. But we’re making proceeds to donate to charity.”