It Is Famous for a Reason!

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

 Ayeeeeeee! Calling all Cajuns as well as those who are “Cajun at heart!” The Del Mar College Foundation and Trustee Emeritus Bernie Paulson are bringing back the flavor of the bayou to Corpus Christi. The fourth annual “Bernie’s Famous Crawfish Boil” is scheduled for Friday, April 20, to raise funds for DMC student scholarships. 

And, it’s famous for a reason!

The all-you-can-eat event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, located at 402 Harbor Drive, and promises to be one “hot sauce” of a good time. Organizers will also hold a silent auction to raise additional scholarship funds. Additionally, the DMC Alumni Association will hold a raffle for several prizes, including a Roketa scooter, with tickets $5 each or five for $20.

“The Foundation continues to build and maintain scholarship funds for Del Mar College students, especially during this time of economic challenge,” says Paulson. “Our annual crawfish boil is one way we can ensure students have access to the funds they need to cover educational expenses and, in turn, give back to their community when they finish and join the workforce.”

The all-you-can-eat menu includes crawfish, shrimp and sausage, along with all the fixings (veggies), and host beer, wine, sodas and a cash bar. Individuals are asked to purchase tickets or RSVP by Monday, April 16. Tickets are $75 per person. Table/scholarship sponsorships are also available ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. 

To access a flyer and registration form with more ticket and sponsorship information, click here.

For more information about the crawfish boil and to purchase tickets or tables, contact Sally Reigle, Coordinator of Development and Alumni Services in the DMC Office of Development, at 361-698-1031 or

Accordionist Leroy Thomas, best known as the “Jewel of the Bayou,” and his Zydeco Roadrunners return this year to serve up his unmatched repertoire that mixes Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B and Country music with his own innovative, funky, hard-driving sound. Hear the gumbo-flavored musical fare of this masterful musician on his own Web site at

The Del Mar College Foundation provides the margin of excellence to the College through scholarships and also supports special events and activities, including capital improvements, lectureships, cultural performances, international exchanges and special projects to enhance the learning environment of the College and community.

“Individuals who support students’ education at Del Mar College change lives, change their families’ lives and enhance our region’s economy, so the Foundation hopes that many residents will join us for this very fun event,” says Mary McQueen, Executive Director of Development. “Anyone attending the crawfish boil will make a difference by giving our students the opportunity to pursue and complete their education, making their dreams achievable.”

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