It’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever! The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council has announced its celebrity waiter teams for the organization’s annual fundraiser, Ragin’ Cajun.
The popular New Orleans-style event raised more than $30,000 last year.
“For 15 years the Ragin’ Cajun crawfish boil and silent auction has been our signature fundraising event for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council,” said CTFAC Executive Director Julie Crouch. “This is our only fundraiser so proceeds help us continue our mission of presenting fine art events which inspire, educate and entertain the citizens of the rural Cross Timbers Basin.”
Crouch said they are still recruiting teams, but here's the lineup so far: Blazi Weippert and Emily Mullins Ullrich, Hillary and Daron Trussell, Brianna and Brad Hodges, Kari and Jim Ed Haile, Sophie and Lowell Wilson, Amber and Craig Parks, Amanda Arrambide and Mac McKinnon, Carmen Parsons and Justin Greenhaw, Dr. Kay Herrington and Rick Gann, Jennifer and Darrell Salyards, Mary Winslow and Kiley McKenzie, Mandi and Joseph Stokes, Laura and Jacob Henson, and Gerrit Schouten and Bradley Horry.
Chad and Lisa Jackson were last year’s celebrity waiter team winners raising $7,876 for the CTFAC.
“Live Zydeco music will be presented again by Jay-B and the Zydeco Posse. A favorite every year,” Crouch said.
Besides team recruitment, the CTFAC is also in need of more auction items.
“CTFAC has served the people of Stephenville and the surrounding area for over 37 years,” Crouch said. “Our programs are often the only opportunity that many of the citizens in our rural eight-county service area have to experience the arts first hand.”
Last year the CTFAC presented several free events including Ballet Austin’s Peter and the Wolf, which was presented to over 2,500 area school children; An Evening with Don Edwards concert presented to a crowd of more than 700; the annual classical concert featuring a world-renowned cellist and pianist; 15 art exhibits and receptions; and the Accessible Arts Clubhouse for area life skills students.
The organization also offers summer youth art camps, manners camps and monthly painting and ceramics classes.
“We are thrilled and so blessed with the increased support of our event for our 15th year,” Crouch said. “Our volunteer committee and celebrity waiter teams have done an outstanding job this year.”
The sold-out event will be held on Saturday, March 25, at City Hall at City Limits. However, even though Ragin’ Cajun is sold out now, Crouch said there is the possibility for tables to open up closer to the date so call the CTFAC at 254-965-6190 to get your name on the waiting list.