Each year, the organizers of the event donate 100 percent of the money raised to a local woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Scott Crump said organizers don’t necessarily look for someone without health insurance. The funds can be used for expenses like childcare or household income lost because of treatment.
“We try to just make it a little easier for them,” he said.
This year, the organizers will give the funds raised to Tammy Hammond, manager of the Holiday Inn in Jasper.
Bill Frey, owner of Cafe Bill’s, said the event has grown in popularity each year. Both Crump and Frey estimated a couple of hundred people showed up for the first Cooking for the Cure crawfish boil. Last year, more than 500 people attended the event, and they expect a bigger crowd this year.
Frey said he has 400 pounds of crawfish and 500 pounds of shrimp coming to his restaurant just for the event. He said on Monday that several people have called ahead to reserve a to-go box. Whether dine-in or carry-out, plates will be sold at $10 for crawfish and $15 for shrimp.
Several local celebrities and officials agree to work as servers for the benefit each year. This year the list will include Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe and attorneys Russ Robertson and Herbie Brewer.
Both Crump and Frey said half the fun of the event is getting to boss public officials around. “We want people to come out here and deal them misery,” Frey joked.
The event will also include live music from Birmingham Blues band The Beaver Brothers.
Businesses can purchase a corporate table at the event for $500. T-shirts commemorating this year’s benefit will be available for $15.
Crump and Frey said several local businesses have donated prizes for the event: Duskin Point Marina gave a free pontoon rental; Tommy Wilcox Outdoors gave a fishing trip; and Mr. TV donated a 50-inch flat-screen television.
Frey said Birmingham Budweiser Distributing Company also offered to give $1 for every beer sold.
Frey said that, at each benefit, the organizers ask those who have survived or are living with breast cancer to raise their hands.
“Seeing how many people it has affected, it will give you chills,” Frey said.