This year, the organizers are bringing in about 800 pounds of crawfish and shrimp for the event. Crawfish plates will be $15 and shrimp plates will be $18.
“Bill (Frey) and I started this six years ago after he and I both had family members diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Scott Crump. “We just wanted to do something to help those dealing with this disease. Everybody who does a benefit like this gives the money to the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen, but what we do is pick ladies out of the community who are going though this and give them the money to help them.”
Crump said families dealing with breast cancer often face huge financial difficulties, and he and Frey wanted the money raised from the event to help offset those expenses.
Officials from the Walker Cancer Care Center will help Crump determine who will benefit from this year’s event.
“We don’t care what they do with the money, we just want to help them with their treatment or expenses related to this disease,” Crump said.
The event also serves as a way to bring awareness of breast cancer and how it affects everyone.
“We want to bring awareness to people because this disease affects so many,” Crump said, adding that early detection is key to fighting breast cancer.
T-shirts, both short-sleeved and long-sleeved, are available, and both a silent and live auction will be held at the event, Crump said. Bids will be taken for the silent auction from 4 until 9 p.m. when the live auction begins.
The auction will include items such as beach and golf trips, as well as tickets to Birmingham Barons baseball games and tickets to the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Crump said this year’s event will be bittersweet following the death of Bill Frey Jr. last July.
“This one is going to be a little difficult without Bill,” he said. “His mom and dad came to me and said they wanted to continue doing this because Bill would have wanted us to continue doing it. We’re going to continue doing this because it saves lives and it makes people more aware of what they need to know.”
Each year, local business owners and city leaders join the Cafe Bill’s staff as “celebrity servers and bartenders.” This year that will include Tim Barger of Bank of Walker County, Kevin Callahan of Honda of Jasper, Chad Hill of Southern Wholesale Jewelers, John Rowe of King, Wiley and Williams, Greg Williams of Williams Furniture, Beth Crump of Reliable Heating and Cooling, Jill Haynes of Dr. Michael Brasfield’s office, Tina Redmill, of Alabama Power Co., Lisa Killingsworth of First Bank of Jasper, Keith Pike of the City of Jasper, Sherrie Pike of Southern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Michael Abner of Thompson Tractor.
Last year, almost 1,000 plates were served, Crump said.
Takeout orders are also available and can be called in beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday and will be ready to be picked up at 4. To place a takeout order, you can call (205) 387-9500.