Roving Reporter | "Bidding for the Blue Crab" by Jeanette Larson

The most recent fundraiser for Blue Crab #3 was held at the Winery on the Bay on Thursday, August 16, 2018. This fundraiser included a silent auction, the sale of t-shirts, and tropical-themed jewelry by Little Bay Beaders, with proceeds going into the fund to build a new Blue Crab for Rockport. Auction items were donated by local businesses, including Electrik Beach Sun & Spa, Spears & Co. Realty, Texas By Design, and Custom Rod Builder. Individual local artists donated art, while other local supporters donated various items to be auctioned. The fundraisers are sponsored by Keep Aransas County Beautiful and hosted at the Winery on the Bay every other month.

Debbie Parker, owner of  the Winery on the Bay, estimates that $80,000 is needed to resurrect the iconic crab. Approximately $24,000 has been raised to date, according to Parker, and Rosemary Pizio White, KACB's Executive Director, said the latest fundraiser was one of the most successful silent auction events to date. The next silent auction fundraiser is set for October 18, 2018 at the Winery on the Bay. T-shirts and other fundraising items are available during regular hours at the Winery with proceeds supporting the Crab.

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