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One of Pasadena’s Longest-Running Fundraisers Sets Sail for 30 Years of Saving Lives at The Rose

Pasadena, TX [May 22, 2019] – A donated bass boat initiated what has become one of Pasadena’s longest-running fundraisers, The Rose Annual Shrimp Boil. Over the last 30 years, it has collected more than $1.5 million for patients in need of breast healthcare. This year the annual event will celebrate its 30th anniversary and will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Pkwy. It promises to blend once again the serious business of saving lives with the pure fun of friends and family gathered around a table.

“The first Shrimp Boil was held at the SPJST Grand Lodge. Hundreds of volunteers turned out on Saturday to de-head and clean fresh shrimp, shuck corn, fill tiny containers with cocktail sauce and cut dozens of cakes and pies into individual pieces. Then those same volunteers showed up the next day to sell tickets at $7 a plate, cook and serve the shrimp and hush puppies and handle the silent auction. Marcia Anderson, who was part of our Support Group and husband Jim chaired the event. A brand new micro-bass boat was our main $5 raffle.  Altogether we made a whopping $10,000 and were funded for another year!” said Co-Founder and CEO Dorothy Gibbons.

She added: “If anyone had told me in 1999 that this event would become our mainstay in our funding and still be going on today, I wouldn’t have believed them. Then as now it’s a community event and reminds me of attending a huge annual reunion along with about 800 of your closest friends and family.”

The 30th Annual Shrimp Boil will continue the long tradition of shrimp plates with a heaping side of fun. This year attendees can look forward to new games and a new selfie photo wall in addition to the usual great desserts, music, dancing, Kid’s Zone, and auctions that supporters have come to expect. This year’s event is being planned by long-time committee members such as Mark Meeker, Sharon Cho, Judy Pareya and Jennifer Pareya.

Last year’s Shrimp Boil brought in more than $100,000 and helped at least 500 women receive a mammogram they otherwise could not afford. The total contributions each year come from silent and live auction items, fun activities with giveaways, and sponsors. Sponsorship levels this year are $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $2,000 and $300. MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist, Oates Industries and Albemarle Foundation have already confirmed their participation as the event’s first sponsors for 2019.

Auction items range from tickets to see one of Houston’s champion sports teams, fishing trips, weekend getaways, Whataburger for a year, handmade quilts, a hand-painted guitar, wine tastings, golf outings, and other items specially crafted and customized by friends of The Rose.

Freddy Cruz from 104.1 KRBE returns to his role as emcee for the third year.  Auctioneer Bear Hebert and music to keep guest moving all evening long.

Tickets are available in advance for $25 per adult at www.therose.org. Tickets will be available at the door for $30 per adult and $10 per child. Reserved tables for eight people start at $300, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Tables are expected to sell out this year!

To learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the 30th Annual Shrimp Boil or to purchase tickets, call 281-464-5165, email events@therose.org or visit https://www.therose.org/shrimpboil. Jump into the conversation using the hashtag #TheRoseShrimpBoil.

To schedule interviews or attend the event, please call Mageida Sopon at 832.310.5124 or email mageida@medley-inc.com.

About The Rose

Since 1986, The Rose has provided high quality breast healthcare to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. Their mission is to save lives through quality breast health services, advocacy and access to care for all. As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, The Rose is one of only 14 Breast Centers in the greater Houston area to receive this designation. Led by Fellowship trained physicians, The Rose’s advanced digital technology includes 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, diagnostic work-ups including biopsies and its nationally recognized Patient Navigation Program ensures access to treatment and a continuum of care for all women. As the leading nonprofit breast health organization in Texas, The Rose is a strong advocate for quality breast healthcare, a major part of the Healthcare Safety Net and serves 40,000 insured and uninsured women annually. Two Houston based comprehensive Diagnostic Centers and Mobile Mammography Coaches provide services to women throughout 40 counties in Southeast Texas.

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