Destin Rotarians host Cajun Crawfish Bash

Special to The Log

The Rotary Club of Destin will host its fifth annual Cajun Crawfish Bash with a twist of Cinco de Crawdaddy from 5:30-9 p.m. May 5 at Warren Averett CPA & Advisors, 36474C Emerald Coast Parkway Unit 3301 in Destin. Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast and education support for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s outreach and the Rotary Club of Destin Scholarship Funds.

“What better way to catch the Cajun spirit and Cinco de Mayo theme than being a part of the fifth annual Cajun Crawfish Bash, which captures the famous Louisiana expression, laissez les bons temps rouler. The Rotary Club of Destin is known for serving up the best Cajun crawfish, libations and live music,” said Destin Rotary Club President Jason Belcher. “This event represents the club’s significant annual fundraiser to benefit several non-profit organizations that support our mission to eradicate hunger in the local area and support youth education in our community.”

Attendees can enter a raffle drawing for themed packages from beach activities, bourbon baskets, concert tickets, golfing, restaurants, to vacation stays — all to help fund the growing needs of our club’s charitable causes.

The public is invited to join in the Cajun festivities, suitable for families of all ages. Fresh crawfish from Louisiana will be dished up with the traditional potatoes and corn on the cob. For those who don’t crave crawfish, there will also be grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque chicken prepared fresh on-site.

This year’s live entertainment, featuring the Fais Do-Do Band, guarantees to get your feet moving. This unique genre of zydeco music was originally created at house dances where families and friends gathered for socializing. Today it integrates a blend of R&B, soul, brass band, reggae, hip hop, ska, rock and Afro-Caribbean.

“Destin Rotarians are totally engaged in this fundraiser to help four local charities whose initiatives are a perfect fit for the club’s mission of eradicating hunger and educational outreach to empower populations serving youth, special needs and wounded soldiers in our community,” said Belcher.

In addition, this event will also support the Destin Rotary Scholarship Fund for deserving high school graduates, providing financial assistance for them to attend colleges and universities across the country.

The Rotary Club of Destin applauds Crawfish sponsors Pinch My Tail: Destin Commons; The Big CrawDaddy: McGill Escrow & Title Services; Crawfish: Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Warren Averett CPA & Advisors, and Destin Locksmithing; Mudbug Sponsors: Beach Community Bank, Broad & Cassell, LLP, Destin Animal Clinic, Emerald Bay Plumbing, Emerald Coast Title Services, HarborWalk Hospitality, Harrison Sale McCloy, P.A., Liufau McCall Insurance Group, Murphy’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Overhead Door Company, Renovation Flooring, Simple HR, Stubbs Orthodontics, The Appliance Center, Carl and Sally Harris, and Rob Lamotte.

Tickets are now on sale for $30 per person and $10 for children under 12 or free to kids age three and under. Day of event, tickets are $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, by calling 850-837-1071 or from a Destin Rotarian.