Crawfish boil benefits Del Mar scholarships

The Del Mar College Foundation is inviting all Cajuns and “Cajuns at heart” to join them in celebrating the flavors of the bayou while raising money for scholarships.

The all-you-can-eat event will feature accordionist Leroy Thomas, best known as the “Jewel of the Bayou,” and his Zydeco Roadrunners. Their repertoire mixes Zydeco, Cajun, blues, R&B and country music. The menu will include crawfish, shrimp and sausage, and all the fixin’s, commonly referred to as veggies. Available drinks are tea, sodas and bar fans’ favorite — an open bar.

Last year the event served 350 pounds of crawfish, raising almost $136,000 for the Del Mar College Foundation, an 80 percent increase over the previous year. Bernie’s Famous Crawfish Boil helped contribute to the $1.3 million awarded to 1,100 students in the form of scholarships last year.

This will be the eighth year of this event at Del Mar College, but its beginnings originated in Trustee Emeritus Bernie Paulson’s backyard. The backyard event grew year after year until Paulson gave the event to Del Mar as a fundraiser.

Interested individuals are asked to purchase tickets or RSVP by April 4.

Individual tickets are $200 per person. Tables of eight are also available starting at $1,500. Online information and access to ticket and sponsorship purchases are also available at bit. ly/23oFnhB.

For more information about the crawfish boil, ticket purchases or sponsorships, contact Development Coordinator Sally Reigle at 361-698-1033 or

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