Authentic Louisiana Cajun Crawfish Party Raises Money for Charity
Village Crawfish Festival’s Cajun atmosphere aids two local charities
Prairie Village, KS - Beautiful weather, food, fun and dancing drew an estimated 600 people to last weekend’s 10th Annual Village Crawfish Festival in Prairie Village.
The event raised more than $19,000 for two beneficiaries: Head Start of Shawnee Mission and Kansas City Young Audiences. Festival attendees dug into 600 pounds of crawfish and more than 400 pounds of barbecued pork and danced to Ernest James Zydeco.
In the photo: SOC member Brock Exline, Terrie Van Zandt-Travis, Executive Director of Head Start; Martin English, Executive Director of KCYA; Steve Sharpton of Rimann's Liquors and Dennis Siefers, Vice President of Account Management at Midland Loan Services. Photo courtesy of Head Start of Shawnee Mission
"Every year, the goal is to make sure that everyone has a great time," said Dr. Brock Exline, one of the festival’s founders. "Based on the number of people on the dance floor, this year was no exception."
In addition to gate receipts, funds were raised from five sponsors, Midland Loan Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, KC Veterinary Care, Baron BMW and BlueScope Steel. A number of companies provided in-kind donations, which significantly reduced operating budget and added more funds to help the two charities. Those sponsors are listed below.
Boulevard Brewing Company, Rimann's Liquor, Central States Beverage, Cargill, Triumph Foods, McGonigle's Market, Bledsoe's Rental, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Farm to Market Bread, BRGR, Meat Processing Systems, Eastside/Westside Market, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Cathedral Square Brewery, Graham Greene, Jeff Tamblyn, Corporate Filmmaker; KCServers and infoZine.