Petal Education Foundation to host crawfish boil

By HASKEL BURNS,

Items are pouring in for this year’s live and silent auctions to be held in conjunction with the Petal School District Education Foundation’s 12th annual “Laughter and Lagniappe” Crawfish Boil. Petal-area residents will once again have a chance to enjoy Cajun food and fun while benefiting the Friendly City’s teachers and students.

The event, which will be held at 6 p.m. April 5 at Petal Civic Center, will feature all-you-can-eat crawfish, potatoes, French bread and corn on the cob. Chicken strips will be available for those who aren’t mudbug fans, with white chocolate bread pudding and fudge brownies served for dessert. Individual tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce or the Petal School District Central Office.

Items included in this year’s auction are:

n Hand carved 15-inch cherry bowl donated by former PSD Superintendent,  Dr. Mike Walters

n Yeti Hopper 20

n Huge Coca Cola Gift Bucket loaded with Coke items and even 2 6 packs of Coke Classic and Diet Coke

n Tory Burch White Frame Sun Shades

n Reproduction of a Queen Ann Bonnet Top Highboy--Circa 1770s.  This version of the Queen Anne Bonnet Top highboy would have been custom made in Wethersfield, Connecticut in the 1770s.  While the original has Queen Anne legs, this reproduction is made with Ball & Claw legs. Primary wood is maple with poplar as the secondary wood. All drawer pulls and escutcheons are period correct brass. This piece is donated by E.L. and Gail Porter of Petal.

Other items include jewelry, childrens’ artwork, hunting packages, fishing gear, handmade furniture and trips.

There will once again be a gift card tree. Raffle tickets are $5 each and the winner will get all the gift cards on the tree. To date, $780 in gift cards has been collected including:

Sweet Blossom           $25

Plaid Rhino    $25

Starbucks       $10

Chesterfield's            $25

Red Lobster   $40

Southern Seafood     $30

Zaxby's           $60

Crescent City $50

Rayner's Seafood      $50

Cotton Blues  $25

Newk's            $40

Honey Baked Ham    $20

Panera Bread            $15

Oishi   $25

Long Horn Steakhouse         $45

Lenny's Subs $25

The Grand Theatre   $40 value

Friday's          $25

Jimmy Johns  $10

Planet Nutrition        $50

Cotton Blues  $25

USM Campus Book Mart      $50

 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Petal School District Education Foundation, primarily in the form of student scholarships and teacher mini-grants.

 “We’re mainly trying to enhance the level of education here in Petal, which is already fabulous,” said Valerie Wilson, who serves on the board of directors for the education foundation. “We’re encouraging, through our mini-grants, some innovative programs in the classrooms.

“We’re providing assistance to early childhood family support, and Petal education also helps with Petal Excel By 5. We’re also supporting fine arts and athletic programs throughout the community, and providing scholarships to the Petal graduates.”

Bob Palmer of Bob Palmer’s Chancellor Motor Group (a 1966 Petal graduate) will serve as master of ceremonies, while professional auctioneer Don Monroe (a 1980 Petal graduate) will preside over the auctions.

Two sponsorships are available for “Laughter & Lagniappe:” a $300 Grand Crawdaddy Sponsorship with eight tickets and signage, and a $200 Crawdaddy Sponsorship with four tickets and signage.

Wilson, who also serves as executive director for the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce, said the event has been a success for the past 11 years, and she’s expecting another good one this year.

“One reason I believe we’re the number one school district in the state is because we also have such great support from our local community, and this is one evidence of that support,” she said.

The Petal School District Education Foundation was founded in 1987 and is dedicated to using private funding to enhance the quality of education the school district.

For more information, call the Petal School District Central Office at (601) 545-3002 or the Chamber of Commerce at (601) 583-3306.