Benefit shrimp boil set for Tuesday night
by W. Brian Hale
Jun 19, 2011 | 2807 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For two years, the Scott Crump Toyota-Cafe’ Bill’s Breast Cancer Crawfish Boil has become a run-away hit with its rowdy atmosphere of celebrity servers, live bands and strong advocating of breast cancer awareness.

According to Crump and Cafe’ Bill’s owner Bill Frey, who will both serve as cooks at Tuesday night’s third-annual version of the event, this year should prove no different. With over 800 lbs. of crawfish waiting to be cooked, live music being performed by the Beaver Brothers and a slate of local luminaries who will function as cooks, servers, bartenders and shooter girls, patrons to the boil should expect the same type of fun, entertainment and excitement that has made it one of the most anticipated events of the summer.

“It’s a blast and everyone has a great time for a good cause,” Crump said. “I don’t know how many times myself and Bill are approached by people during the year and hear stories about our previous boils and asked about this year’s. We have so many in the community who look forward to it and that not only makes us proud that they not only enjoy themselves, but that they take away with them a better understanding and awareness of breast cancer.”

Both Crump and Frey state that they were motivated by several instances in their personal lives with family members who have been touched by breast cancer. They hope that this year’s boil and the money that will be donated from Tuesday’s sales will help go a long way to finding a cure and also helping people learn about what they can do to detect breast cancer.

“Getting a mammogram is the first step to detection and it should be done yearly,” Crump said. “It can’t be stressed enough how important it is as this can strike at any age. I recall while my wife Lisa was undergoing treatment, there was a 12 year-old who was also undergoing treatment at that time for breast cancer — which goes to show that any age group can be affected. There’s also a wealth of information on that can help people understand more about breast cancer, how to perform self-detection tests and how to lower their risk. We encourage everyone to visit the website to learn about this disease that effects so many people around us, but can be survived when detected and treated early.”

A special menu will be offered for Tuesday night’s event, where many items have portions of the sales that will be donated for breast cancer, including crawfish boxes — comprised of crawfish, potatoes, corn and sausage — that will be on sale for $10, to which will be completely donate for breast cancer. The crawfish has been provided by Bayou Fresh Seafood, who donated all of the seasoning for the event. T-shirts commemorating the boil will also be on sale.

“We’ll also be having a silent auction like we’ve had in previous years that has some outstanding items that are up for bid,” Frey said. “We also will have take out service available for anyone who would like to get their order to go.”

Some of the local celebrities who will serve as the Cafe’ Bill’s staff include Walker County Sheriff’s Department NET Team Agent Adam Hadder, Walker High School football coach John Holladay and Jonathan Sapp of the Sapp Law Firm. Jasper City Planner Keith Pike, who has worked as one of the celebrity servers in a previous boil, said the experience is chaotic and frenzied but a lot of fun.

“I never worked as a server in my life and it gives you a new respect for what people who work in the profession go through,” Pike said. “But it’s really funny to see how you not only mess up orders, but how your fellow peers — who are the leaders of our community — do as well. But it’s all in great fun and it makes you proud to be able to help for such a great cause that touches so many people.”

The 2011 Breast Cancer Crawfish Boil will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Cafe’ Bill’s. For information and take-out ordering, call 387-9500.