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Fin’s fundraising festival features Cajun food, live music

by April E. ClarkPost Independent Staff

One Glenwood Springs restaurateur is hoping spicy jambalaya and homemade cornbread will spark some generosity in Glenwood Springs.On Wednesday, Donny Fin hosts the second annual Red Cross charity festival at his restaurant, Fin’s Grille & Raw Bar, upstairs at 710 Grand Ave. in downtown Glenwood. “One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Red Cross,” Fin said. “We always want to give back to the community.”The event features an all-you-can-eat Cajun buffet, open jam session with jazz musician Marty Martinez, games and a silent auction.”On the buffet, we’ll have shrimp Creole, étouffé, jambalaya, peel ‘n’ eat shrimp, cornbread and gumbo,” Fin said. “The silent auction has everything from golf packages, to get-away weekends and stuff from spas. We’ll play Fandango, which is a spin-the-wheel type game where you win the prize the wheel lands on.”Last year’s first charity event at the restaurant raised more than $5,000 for Red Cross disaster relief, Fin said.”Representatives from the Red Cross, Western Slope Chapter, will be on hand,” he said. “The Red Cross supports fire fighters locally.” Fin’s hoping to have an equal – or better – response at Wednesday’s event.”We had about 100 people last year, but that was on the heels of Hurricane Katrina. It’s harder this year to get people motivated,” he said. “If we can make what we did last year, that would make me happy.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

Who: Anyone What: Second annual Red Cross charity festival When: 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Fin’s Grille & Raw Bar Why: to benefit the Red Cross How much: free live music; $20 suggested donation for buffet; silent auction bids and game prices vary


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