11th Annual Village Crawfish Festival

Village Crawfish Festival Raises $28,000 for Greater Kansas City Children's Charities

2012 t-shirt It's been a few weeks since Ernest James Zydeco left the bandstand following its encore, and the last crawfish was eaten, but the final tally is now in from May's Village Crawfish Festival.

Kansas City, MO - infoZine - The festival raised $28,000, the most in its 11-year history. The money raised will go to Gillis and Kansas City Young Audiences to help further their mission in helping local youth. The final figure is a $2,000 increase over the amount announced the night of the event.

This year's festival experienced growth in every aspect of its fundraising efforts. Ticket sales, raffle ticket sales, sponsorships and in-kind sponsorships all increased significantly in 2012.

"Each year our event gets better and better," says Steve Coon, one of VCF's founders. "Our main goal is to ensure that everyone has a great time. After that, we want to raise as much money for our charities as possible."

Gillis is a first-time beneficiary in 2012. Last year, Kansas City Young Audiences was able to use the funds to provide arts programs to 7,500 at 30 area schools.
Kansas City Young Audiences  Gillis

Planning is already started for next year's event. Cajun party lovers can follow Village Crawfish Festival by their newsletter, join them on Facebook & Twitter.

The festival's organizers, The Secret Order of the Crawdaddies, would like to thank the 2012 sponsors:

Gold Sponsors
PNC Real Estate / Midland Loan Services

Silver Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Overland Park Heating Cooling, Gillis Board of Directors, Kansas City Veterinary Clinic

Bronze Sponsors
Lathrop & Gage LLP, Robert Browning Apartments, Rimann Liquors, Boulevard Brewing Company, Central States Beverage

Copper Sponsors
American Family Insurance, Chris A Woody Agency; Aristocrat Motors, BlueScope Steel, Cassidy Turley, Commercial Real Estate Services; Neighbors Construction Company, UMB Bank, Wagner, BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Cajun Bistro, Farm to Market Bread, McGonigle's Market, Ernest James Zydeco, Bledsoe's Rental, Cargill, MPS, Meat Processing Systems; Farmland, Triumph Foods, Cosentino's Price Chopper, Poco's On the Boulevard, Handcrafted Wines of Kansas, Eastside/Westside Markets, infoZine® and KCServers.com

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