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Citadel Club prepares for large crowd at upcoming Oyster Roast

It’s that time of year again! The Colleton County Citadel Club is preparing for a record setting crowd at their upcoming oyster roast that will be held February 23rd at the Colleton County Farmers Market located at 506 East Washington Street. The event usually brings not only locals but also visitors from across the lowcountry. Folks gather to celebrate local Citadel Cadets and veterans all while enjoying a favorite salty treat, oysters. Last year over 350 people packed the event and shucked through 29 bushels of oysters. Lee Petrolowiz, past President of the Colleton County Citadel Club, has passed the honors of organizating the fun event over to Bill Stephens this year. Stephens is really looking forward to adding to the successsful event this year.
Once again, Veterans from the Veterans Victory House will be brought over to enjoy not only eating oysters but also trying the chicken bog and catfish stew. Stephens said they are working to have a good variety of sides and deserts to offer as well. Beer and wine will also be included in the ticket price of $40. East to West will be playing everyone’s favorite music and a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also be taking place during the evening.
Over the last few years, the Colleton County Citadel Club has been able to increase participation from the community by way of sponsors and ticket holders. Through their success, they have been able to continue to add money to their scholarship fund which helps Colleton County students attend the Citadel. Students that are interested in gaining a scholarship must apply by May and must maintain a GPA that has been set by the club. They must also be involved in their community. Those that attend Saturday night will see many of the local cadets working to earn required community service hours. Last year the Colleton County Citadel Club raised $28,000 for their scholarship fund. Currently they have 8-10 local cadets receiving scholarships.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Bill Stephens by calling 843-599-0869 or they may also be purchased at the door. For more information about how to join the Colleton County Citadel Club or how to apply for a scholarship contact any local club member.

Christie Slocum (540 Posts)