MARQUETTE -Marquette Rotary West's 29th annual Seafood Fest was a success, according to organizers.
Last weekend's event represented a shift from previous years, as attendees needed tickets for Friday night's concert by Project Pink, a Pink Floyd tribute band.
Jamie Tomczyk, president of the Marquette West Rotary and co-chair of Seafood Fest, said the group was pleased with the public response.
Seafood Fest attendees walk through Mattson Lower Harbor Park last weekend in search of a tasty meal. Organizers said this year’s event was a big success and changes made in the format paid off. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
"We took a risk this year and it definitely paid off for us," she said. "We sold out our waterfront gala on Thursday night about three weeks before the event, and then Friday with the (Project Pink) concert, we estimated we had a little bit over 1,000 people down there, which was our goal."
In total, she said, the event netted more than $40,000 in proceeds, which the organization will direct back into the community, largely through donations.
"Last year we gave out about $23,000 to 29 different local organizations, and this year we're hoping to double that," Tomczyk said.
Tomczyk said the group changed this year's format after turnout had dropped in previous years. She estimated about 4,000 people attended the three-day festival this year, doubling the numbers from last year.
A large percentage of the group's profits came from a silent and live auction at Thursday night's gala, according to Tomczyk.
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.