Shrimp boil nets more than $20,000 for Mesalands foundation

Kimberly Hanna

Nearly 225 Tucumcari area citizens recently celebrated the 12th Annual Mesalands Community College Foundation’s Mardi Gras Cajun Shrimp Boil in a big way. Preliminary net proceeds are more than $22,000 for the foundation, which is a 32 percent increase from last year.

After more than a decade of hosting the event, the accumulative numbers are impressive with a total of $170,000 earned. Of the $56,000 of the total that has been earmarked for Mesalands scholarships, $32,000 has already been awarded. Nearly $114,000 has been endowed to provide scholarships for future generations.

“We are very pleased that this fundraiser has become an annual event in the lives of so many people in the community, and for their generosity,” said Phillip O. Barry, president of Mesalands Community College.

Kathleen Lopez was the winner of a 4-day Baja Mexico cruise.

Also at the event, Mesalands students Kayla Johnson of Etna, Calif., and Samantha Brake of Tucumcari expressed their gratitude for the availability of scholarships due to the generosity of area citizens.