The Zydeco music helped create a Louisiana feel in South Texas for Bernie’s Famous Crawfish Boil on April 9 at Concrete Street Old Market Pavilion. Some 700 people attended the event, which serves as fundraiser for the DMC Foundation for student scholarships.
“Our students, they work so hard to achieve something for themselves and their family, once people realize how dedicated the students are to investing in themselves, they are willing to help. My joy is sharing that story,” said Mary McQueen, executive director of development for the DMC Foundation.
Louisiana performers Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Band entertained the crowd with help from the Del Mar College Social Dance Club. Those in attendance enjoyed more than 300 pounds of crawfish and 165 pounds of shrimp.
The crawfish boil included silent and live auctions that raised more than $33,000. The DMC Foundation expects to pass its goal of raising $120,000 at the event, though a final count was not ready as of press time.
Bernard “Bernie” Paulson was asked if he had any wise words to share with students.
“Get involved,” he said. “There are a lot of things to learn out there. Getting involved helps out a lot. Just get involved.“