Social Summit: Cajun Crawfish Boil nets $23K for National Repertory Orchestra |

Social Summit: Cajun Crawfish Boil nets $23K for National Repertory Orchestra

Story, photos by Joe Moylan
The Bon Tee Cajun Band provided music for the Cajun Crawfish Boil, a fundraiser that took place earlier this month at the Mountain Hope Foundation Barn in Breckenridge. The fundraiser benefits the National Repertory Orchestra.
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More than 250 people turned out earlier this month for the National Repertory Orchestra’s first Cajun Crawfish Boil fundraiser at the Mountain Hope Foundation Barn in Breckenridge.

Julie Chandler, director of marketing and development for the NRO, said the event sold out and netted more than $23,000 for the Breckenridge organization.

The NRO is a pre-professional program, Chandler said. The organization chooses the top 88 young artists from a pool of 900 talented musicians from across the country and invites them to Breckenridge to perform a series of 17 concerts at the Riverwalk Center. Many graduates of the program move on to careers in professional orchestras, Chandler said.

“We were very pleased with the event, as it brought in a lot of people we didn’t know and who aren’t usually a part of the support base,” said Doug Adams, with the NRO. “The money we raised will go a long way in our mission to enrich life for those who not only live here in Summit County, but also come here to visit.

“Selfishly, it was also a lot of fun.”

Due to the success of the fundraiser, Chandler said the second Cajun Crawfish Boil has already been scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015.

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