It was a night of fun, good food and a whole lot of high jinx when more than 200 supporters of the arts came together Saturday for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council's annual Rajin Cajun.
A record number of people attended the event at The N at Hardway Ranch with additional tables set up outside on the patio to accommodate guests.
"Fortunately the weather was absolutely beautiful and people enjoyed sitting outside," said Julie Crouch, president of CTFAC.
A shortage of crawfish turned the usual cajun boil into a shrimp one, which did little to dampen the festive mood.
Corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage, shrimp and chowder were prepared by head chef and Dublin resident Regi Shexnider, and served up Mardi Gras style by a slew of celebrity waiters including Stephenville Police Chief Pat Bridges, who, along with Paula Claunch, were the evening's top fundraising winners.
Bridges and Claunch raised nearly $2,000 in tips alone.
But that's not all the money that was raised Saturday. The organization raised a total of $10,000 through the sale of tickets, table sponsors, raffle tickets and tips.
The money will be used to fund a wide array of programs sponsored by CTFAC.
"This just shows how supportive our community is and we couldn't be more appreciative," Crouch said. "We made some money and had a great time doing it. We couldn't ask for anything more."