Lake Orion Sunrise Hosts 3rd Annual Cajun Seafood Festival
The Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary Club hosted its 3rd annual Cajun Seafood Festival on Saturday, August 10 to for our club’s international project with the La Casa del Nino-Napoleon Franco Pareja Children’s Hospital in Cartagena, Colombia.
The Children’s Hospital is a free hospital to the children of Colombia and operates through donations. The story was shared with our club after a visit by two of our members Monica Navarro-Vezina and Marc Vezina several years ago. Monica is from Colombia and from the area where the Hospital is located.
The idea of the Cajun Seafood Festival began three years ago after Marc’s homemade jambalaya appeared during our winter Ice Golf event. A native of Louisiana and semi-retired self-proclaimed vice rear admiral of the Cajun Navy, Marc decided to kick off a good ole Cajun Seafood Boil to raise awareness of the Children’s Hospital. Crawfish, shrimp, jambalaya, key lime pie and bourbon pecan squares were a few of the delicious items served throughout the day.
Local bluesman and funky daddy (allegedly on parole from Jackson State penitentiary) Tino Gross was on hand this year providing the entertainment. He strummed some hot licks primarily due to the two bee stings he had while setting up. It was a venomous performance! Poolside chats, swimming and various lawn games provided the spirit of Rotary for our family and friends. With well north of 100 guests and raising thousands for the Hospital, our Annual Fest continues to grow; all