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May 14, 2014

Helping others the name of the game at Rita’s Private Club

Athens — Crawfish Boils have become a popular event at Cedar Creek Lake.

Rita's Private Club in Gun Barrel City once again pulled off another  successful crawfish boil fundraiser. Crawfish and helping others go hand-in-hand in this yearly, all you can eat event for Rita's Foundation of  Gun Barrel City.  The foundation raises money to benefit needy families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, in addition, the foundation provides scholarships to local high school seniors.

Crawfish lovers from all over the lake and further converged on Rita's Club to help support the foundation on Saturday. For $10 a plate, you had the opportunity to eat all the  crawfish you could handle.  The patrons at the fundraiser were not shy. They took advantage of the all you can eat crawfish, corn and potatoes. For those who were not crawfish lovers, shrimp was  available.

Owner of Rita's Private Club, Rob Rea,  said,  “Our customers have been very generous. Last year we were able to spend over $9,000 on Christmas gifts, food for children and the elderly at Cedar Creek Lake.”

The foundation gave two $1,000 scholarships to Mabank High School students on Monday night during the awards ceremony at Mabank High School. Rea said all high school seniors are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Rea said the foundation holds three fundraisers a year, including the crawfish boil, chili cook-off and barbeque cook-off. The next fundraiser will be held in August or September,  a barbeque cook-off, that will include a live and silent auction.  The barbeque dinner is the largest fundraiser held for Rita's Foundation.

Following the barbeque dinner will be the chili cook-off held in October of each year.  

Christi Rose, a volunteer for the foundation, said, “I love helping with Rita's Foundation. I have met some great people while helping families around the lake area.”

Rea said it takes a lot of volunteers and friends to make this happen.

“We couldn't do it by ourselves,” she said.

Total amount of money raised this year during the crawfish boil  was not yet available.

For information on how you can make a donation, or help with Rita's Foundation, contact Rob Rea at 903-887-0142.

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