Residents crowded around lunch tables and listened to live music while devouring about 1,000 pounds of crawfish, catfish and fries Saturday at the 16th annual Killeen Heights Rotary Club Crawfish Boil fundraiser at the Killeen Special Events Center.
Proceeds from the annual fundraiser will go to local organizations, said Jose Segarra, incoming president of the club. This year, members sold between 1,500 and 2,000 tickets for the event. The ticket sales paired with revenue from the silent auction will go to support multiple humanitarian causes.
“Our club is one of the very few in Texas that has donated more than a million dollars to charity,” Segarra said. “We’ve donated a lot. There are a lot of charitable people in our club.”
The Killeen-Heights club uses funds raised throughout the year to support local organizations such as the Greater Killeen Free Clinic, local Boys & Girls clubs, and area literacy councils. The club raised more than $25,000 at the 2013 crawfish boil, Segarra said.
“Last year we helped the homeless shelter, and this year I am trying to help two in one,” he said, explaining where some of the money would go.
Segarra said members found out the Killeen free clinic is building another location inside the city’s homeless shelter, so Rotary members hope to support the new clinic and also assist the homeless shelter by building it.
The club has raised around $2,100 toward the project so far.
Helping guests get food and find seating, Rotarian Mike Pinson said he volunteered at the crawfish boil since its beginning.
“It just keeps getting better and better each year,” he said.