Lovers of fried fish, puppies and Mardi Gras joined the Krewe of St. Andrews at the St. Andrews Marina on Saturday for a fish fry fundraiser for Lucky Puppy Rescue and the St. Andrews Mardi Gras.
ST. ANDREWS — Lovers of fried fish, puppies and Mardi Gras joined the Krewe of St. Andrews at the St. Andrews Marina on Saturday for a fish fry fundraiser for Lucky Puppy Rescue and the St. Andrews Mardi Gras.
The event was one of several fundraisers the Krewe hosts throughout the year for their organization and one organization chosen yearly by the king, queen and their court.
Under the shade of a white pop up tent, Lucky Puppy Rescue let the community come and play with three of the nearly 200 dogs currently in the organization's care. The three puppies, who’s names all start with the letter T in honor of their mother, Thelma, are available for adoption. Both children and adults walked into the dog’s 10-foot pen to sit with them while the puppies licked and climbed all over them.
Terri Mattson, the director of Lucky Puppy Rescue, said the funds raised will help with running the rescue and finding more space for the rescued dogs. Currently the rescue is housing nearly double the amount they cared for before Hurricane Michael and because locals are not adopting as much, have had to adopt the pets to people outside of Florida.
Each year, the Krewe of St. Andrews raise money for their royal benevolence, meaning the king, queen and court of the parade choose a local charity to support for the year. In the past this has raised between $5,000 and $10,000 for area charities, according to Charles Segrest, event coordinator for the Krewe of St. Andrews. Saturday’s fish fry, in addition to other events throughout the year, support the rescue and help the Krewe host the St. Andrews Mardi Gras parade.
The St. Andrews Mardi Gras parade is costly, Segrest said. Even though the parade does charge some fees and takes in donations, the Krewe must hold fundraisers throughout the year to keep it going.
“The cost of the parade is more than what we take in on fees and donations,” he said.
Segrest said that people were lined up before the official start time of 10 a.m. to get a box of fried fish, shrimp, hush puppies and chips. Later in the day, the Ukulele Ochestra of St. Andrews was scheduled to perform. The tips from the full bar went to the Lucky Puppy Rescue.
To Segrest, the work that the Krewe does is more than just throwing the occasional party.
“The mission is to put on events and sponsor events to bring in people shed a good light on St. Andrews,” he said.