CRBI sells about 850 plates of fish

Article published in Rome News Tribune 11/14/10

CRBI sells about 850 plates of fish

byDaniel Bell

Fish Fry

Fried catfish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, cheese grits and sweet tea. Roman Pat Wilburn said those are the five reasons the annualCoosa River Basin InitiativeFish Fry is his favorite fundraiser to attend every year.

“We try to participate in as many as these nonprofit fundraising events as we can, but for my money I’ll take a fish fry every time,” said Wilburn, who carried two bags containing four plates of fish and fixings. “And CRBI does a lot of good work too; so really, it’s a win-win.”

His plates were only a few of the hundreds CRBI sold Saturday during the event, one of CRBI’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Midway through the four-hour event volunteer Jessica Lindberg said the crowd was steadily following through, comprised of both advanced ticket holders and people looking to pay at the door.

Joe Cook, executive director of CRBI, said that although the final counts were not complete, his estimate is that he sold about 850 meals to raise around $13,000. That’s about 1,600 fish fillets and 1,600 hushpuppies.

“It’s about on par with previous years, probably a little bit better than last year,” said Cook.

There were also some prizes given out: Darren Henderson from Armuchee won $250 from the Northwest Georgia Credit Union’s ping pong toss; Pat York of Rome won a kayak from Big Cedar Creek Park; and Scott Bowerman of Rome won a bike rack from Cycle Therapy.

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