Roving Reporter | "Fundraising for a Crabby Reason" by Jeanette Larson

Debbie Parker (l), Nelida Spurrell (c), and Mark Waters (r) 

Beth Dupnik
Keep Aransas County Beautiful and Winery on the Bay raised about $2200 towards replacing the beloved Blue Crab at a fundraiser and silent auction on Saturday, November 25, 2017. As part of Small Business Saturday, several local businesses, including Spears & Co., Grace & Heart, the Sea Shell Shop, and others provided support for the event or shared profits for the Crab.

Many local artists, businesses, and individuals donated items for the silent auction. After perusing the downtown shops and booths, many shoppers enjoyed a glass or two of wine while deciding which auction items they wanted. All proceeds benefit building Blue Crab #3. The Blue Crab, a Rockport icon, was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

Keep Aransas County Beautiful, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, is working with Winery on the Bay to raise the funds. The group has raised about $5,000, according to Debbie Parker, owner of the Winery. More fundraisers are planned throughout 2018. Benefit t-shirts will continue to be available at Winery on the Bay while supplies last.

Relaxing after shopping
Connie Jones (l) and Dorothy Love (r) 

Linda Feges (back), Grace & Heart

Auction items included art and jewelry

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