Another successful Low Country Boil is in the books and those Snowbirds really outdid themselves with record breaking figures!! Just a few days after the event, the committee members presented Patti with a check for $8,200! A
The Low Country Boil has always been held at the zoo with animals watching and a select few even mingling with the masses, but this year Mother Nature had other plans. The committee has always set a rain date, but have never had to use it...until 2013.
After a full week of heavy rains and no end in sight, they made the decision to hold the event indoors and thanks to the kind folks at St. Andrews By the Sea, their fellowship hall was made available to for the day. The committee was logistically challenged with an indoor layout but nothing that this amazing flock of snowbirds couldn't handle. It took a lot of planning and rearranging, but they managed to seat over 1000 people in four seatings through the afternoon...and kept everyone out of the rain!
For eight years Blalock Seafood & Specialty Market has been providing all of the shrimp and sausage for the Low Country Boil. And, as one might imagine, a boil of this magnitude calls for lots of fresh, colorful produce and and it all comes to us from Burris Farm Market in Loxley, AL.
Thanks so much to Blalocks and Burris for their continued support with generous discounts and donations to this popular fundraising event. What would we do without you?
So, here's the tall order that the committee members placed with these two local sponsors:
420 pounds of fresh, local shrimp from the Gulf
300 pounds of Conecuh Sausage
36 bags of Zataran's Crab Boil
8 lbs of butter
8 bushes of green beans
12 cases of corn
32 bags of pearl onions
260 pounds of cream new potatoes
40 pounds of lemons
11 gallons of cocktail sauce
In the dining hall they had everything ready to go: 70 bottles of Parkay Squeeze Butter, 650 wheat rolls, 350 white rolls, 1,200 plates, 1,200 plastic forks, 1,200 plastic knives, and 72 jumbo rolls of paper towels!
Living Science is a unique group of faith based home-schooled students from Atlanta, GA. As part of their discipleship program, the seniors take a trip every year to offer different forms of community support. As a rule, they do not know where their trip will be each year, and they don't visit the same place twice.
Last year, Mr. & Mrs. D. planned their trip to come to our zoo to help us get ready for the spring season. We thoroughly enjoyed these families, their work ethic, and the camaraderie between these young people. Apparently, they enjoyed it too because they made the unprecedented decision to come back again this year!!
They spent two days with us assisting our crew with landscaping, painting, food prepping, laundry, and raking the camel yard - with smiles on their faces! The end result was amazing and now our pathways and picnic areas look like new!
Our staff was so grateful for their help that we gave them a special animal show where they were able to learn about and get up close and personal with several of our furry, and not so furry, friends. We are so appreciative for all of their hard work and dedication and hope to have these remarkable young men and women return next year!