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Colleton Citadel Club Oyster Roast has record crowd

The annual Colleton County Citadel Club Oyster Roast was recently held, bringing in a record crowd and raising the highest amount of money ever by the club.
The oyster roast was held on Saturday, Feb. 29th, at the Colleton County Farmer’s Market. The event featured an array of fundraising games, music, and, of course, oysters. This year’s crowd shucked more than 29 bushels of oysters.
In all, more than 350 people attended the event.
“We sold out this year, and we had a ‘shucking’ good time,” said Teresa S. Sauls, treasurer for The Colleton County Citadel Club. The club is comprised of about 40 volunteers who work to support local students who enter The Citadel as cadets. The club raises money each year at this oyster roast, with all the funds going to support our local cadets.
Currently, the club is supporting five 2020 seniors and six underclassmen.
This year’s oyster roast raised $31,000. To put that in perspective, the club has collectively raised more than $57,000 from 2016-2019, according to Sauls.
“Our local cadets worked hard Saturday night to earn community service hours,” she said.
The local scholarship helps to fray the cost of a Colleton County cadet. Funds from the local scholarship help to pay for annual tuition and the cost of uniforms: yearly tuition is estimated at $30,000 and cadets also pay for their own uniforms and books.
In the last four years, the cadets who are being supported are five seniors. Each year, the money raised locally goes to incoming cadets and upper-level students at The Citadel. In return, local cadets must maintain a GPA standard set by The Colleton County Citadel Club. Cadets must also continue to be involved in their community.
“We gathered this year to celebrate our veterans and our cadets,” Sauls said. “We have continued to bus in our veterans from the Veterans Victory House and that is also something to celebrate,” she said. According to her, seven veterans came to this year’s oyster roast.
“Over the past years, we have been increasing the participation from our community through sponsors and ticket holders. Because of this, we are continuing to support our cadets, and we are so grateful to those who helped us,” said Sauls.
All money raised goes to Colleton County cadets at The Citadel. There are also other neighboring Citadel Club who raise funds for their county-based cadets.
The event this year featured a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle. This year also boasted a new fundraiser, which awarded the winner with a pistol. There was also a “chicken drop game:” according to Sauls, this game involves selling 25 spots, or cards, are then placing them into a chicken cage. The card that is “pooped on” by the chicken wins.
“It’s just a fun way to raise money,” she said.
Lee Petrolawicz is the immediate past president of The Citadel Club and Bill Stephens is the current president of The Colleton County Citadel Club. The club this year consists of approximately 40 members.

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