Let's Get Cracking

Let’s Get Cracking

Most of us know what a crab is: those crustaceans with wide-set eyes and eight legs that walk funny but taste delicious. Crab is the food staple of the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club’s (BCBGC) next fundraiser on November 15, 2019, Crab Crack. You might have seen the Crab Crack mascot, Camy Crab, around town lately taking photos in front of event sponsor businesses, thanking them for participating in this year’s Crab Crack. While Camy is not for eating, I can vouch that she can be a different kind of crab when not thanking sponsors. Just because I am married to the event mascot, doesn’t mean she can’t be the grouchy definition of a crab sometimes.

Crab Crack is one of the BCBGC’s two major fundraisers, the other being the Montrose Wine & Food Festival in May. Crab Crack is in its fifth year this year. Its initial location at the Lark & Sparrow in 2015 was a hit but the popularity of the event soon outgrew the venue space and it has been housed at the Montrose Pavilion since its second year. With all you can eat crab, shrimp, andouille sausage, Olathe sweet corn, bread, potatoes, and dessert, no one will leave hungry (and, I must say, it is excellent food eating preparation for Thanksgiving which is just a little less than two weeks after the event). The seafood and meat will be provided by Seattle Fish and will be prepared and served by Camp Robber. Introduced in the event’s third year is the beer & wine garden. For $25 at the door of the event for individual ticket purchases (included with sponsorships), you get an event glass and an unlimited tasting for two hours. With live music by Jedi George and a photo booth, it is always a fun event. All the proceeds from the event go toward general operating costs for the BCBGC. As you know from previous articles, the BCBGC gets no funding from Boys & Girls Club of America for operations. The BCBGC’s funding comes solely from grants and local fundraising, so events like Crab Crack are huge for the continued success of the BCBGC. Part of Crab Crack even includes a live benefit auction where guests can bid on and purchase items for the two BCBGC units (in Montrose and Olathe) to assist with programming including: sign language books, sports equipment, STEM projects, and cooking supplies. The Montrose Unit even got a new van from generous businesses and organizations donating during the live benefit auction at Crab Crack.

Tickets and sponsorships for Crab Crack are available now at https://www.blackcanyontickets.com/event/5th-annual-crab-crack/. Individual tickets are $60 for family style seating with sponsorships available from $1,000 to $3,500. Special thank you to Elevate Internet who has been the event’s presenting sponsor for the last two years. This event will sell out so get cracking on getting your tickets.

Bud Taylor is the Executive Director of the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club (BCBGC) and has been for the past three years. Prior to that he was a Club kid, Junior Staff Member, and Board Director of the BCBGC. For more information on the Club, please visit www.bcbgc.org.