The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council holds only one fundraiser each year, Ragin’ Cajun, and the 16th annual Mardi Gras-themed event is coming back from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at City Hall.
The event’s waiter teams are James Barton and David Hornsby, Ashley Daniel and Donna Gregory, Kimberly and Ben Dunnahoo, Carmen and Justin Greenhaw, Kari and Ben Kunze, Kim and Bill Leaverton, Brittany Miller and Mayci Johnston, Angie and Robert Nimmo, Charlie and Justin Prater and Shawn Stone and Justin Uptergrove.
“Ragin’ Cajun features celebrity waiters from the Stephenville area and they are competing for the most money raised for our many programs,” said CTFAC’s Executive Director Julie Crouch Smith. “The winning celebrity waiters team will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year.”
Ragin’ Cajun will once again feature a crawfish broil, silent auction and live Zydeco music by Jay-B and the Zydeco Posse.
Tables that seat 10 are on sale for $650 each and after Jan. 1 will be sold for $750 each.
“Last year’s Ragin’ Cajun event sold out very quickly,” said CTFAC Board President Kelijon Nance. “We encourage our guests to please purchase their tables early to make sure you have a seat.”
The last Ragin’ Cajun raised $35,000 for the CTFAC and the celebrity waiter team Amanda Arrambide and Juana Moncada were the winners.
The proceeds support CTFAC’s many programs offered, which include free performances by Ballet Austin to area school children; free public concerts like An Evening with Don Edwards; and the upcoming classical Piatigorsky concert taking place on Saturday, Dec. 9 featuring world renowned musicians Evan Drachman and Richard Dowling.
The CTFAC also hosts public art exhibits; the Accessible Arts Clubhouse for area life skills students and summer youth art camps; manners camps; and monthly painting and ceramics classes for adults and children — all free and open to the public.