Last year, the event raised more than $20,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County.
“It all got started as a block party between friends and neighbors,” Michael Garland, owner of Garland Farm Estates, said in a news release. “After the first year, we decided to invite more people to cover the costs of food and found we had some leftover money to give to charity. I thought, ‘Here’s an opportunity to invite some friends and members of the community together and stir up some conversation.’”
This year’s crawfish boil featured the mountain soul band BIG Son, inflatable play spaces for kids and corn hole. Residents from across the Johnson City area set up shop for the crawfish boil, bringing lawn chairs and tents to spend time with their families, chat with other engaged members of the community and raise money for the cause.
According to Rowena Bailey, Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House executive director, said the house is a place for families of sick children to stay and receive support while their children are in the hospital, free of charge.
“We keep families nearby their children in case of emergencies, and we support them through a difficult time,” Bailey said in the news release. “We do this all free of charge, and we can only do it because of the fundraisers like the crawfish boil. This was all thanks to Michael Garland and the fabulous people working with him; we were just lucky enough to be chosen by such a great community.”
Garland gave the credit to the community.
“We were as surprised as everyone else at the level of interest and participation we had,” he said. “We got strong support from the Ronald McDonald House and the community. Having something that everyone can feel good about contributing to has made the whole thing an easy process for us.”
Garland Farm Estates is a 250-acre residential community located near Highland Church Road in north Johnson City and offers new home sites. The property was once the site of a family owned and operated dairy farm. To learn more about Garland Farm Estates, visit www.garlandfarmestates.com or call 1-866-688-6432.