Thursday, April 1, 2010
From 200 to 2,000 in 2 years...
Jack's first event for PH research was a golf tournament in 1999. It grew and grew, until three years ago, Jack said, "I think it's time for a changeup."
And changeup he did...from golf to bugs. Well, allright, crawfish.
That first year I went to the Bug Boil. It was a great and sunny day, attracting a crowd of over 200people. We ate a lot of crawfish, alligator and potatoes, drank a lot of beer and enjoyed a great zydeco band. It was a great and fun day.
This year, two years later, 2,000 people consumed 6,000 lbs of crawfish, 160 lbs of alligator and 2,000 pieces of chicken. Oh, and there was a refined name change to Crawfish Festival....with even more fun.
Last Saturday's event had to turn people away - and what I hear from Jack - is already planning on growing from A Houston-area event to a regional event in 2011.
Over the years, the Woodlands team has raised well over a million and a half dollars for research through their great efforts and built tremendous awareness of pulmonary hypertension in the Houston area. Despite their strange food tastes (sorry Jack, I couldn't resist!), all of us at PHA are deeply grateful for what they have done and continue to do to fight this disease. THANK YOU TEXAS!
Enjoy a great slideshow of this event