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CrawPHish Festival Cooks Up Good Food for a Great Cause

CrawPHish Festival 2010The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival 2010 On March 26, The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival will take place in the Houston-area community of The Woodlands, Texas. The event is hosted by PHA Trustee Jack Stibbs, his family and a team of core volunteers who partner with the South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. The long-standing fundraiser benefits pulmonary hypertension research and seeks to raise awareness about this disease that has personally impacted the Stibbs family. Jack and his wife Marcia’s 18-year-old daughter, Emily, has battled PH since age 5. To date, the Houston-area fundraiser has netted more than $1.8 million, all going to PHA’s research fund.

2011’s festival is expected to be the largest in the event’s history, which is saying a lot considering 2010’s event completely sold out. Last year, more than 2,000 people came out to feast on the Louisiana-inspired cuisine of crawfish and alligator, listen to the unique sounds of a zydeco band and take part in the festival games and activities. The CrawPHish Festival planning committee’s goal is to double those numbers for this year and draw 4,000 attendees to the event.

By increasing the turnout, the event organizers hope to spread the word about PH and raise even more funds for better treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. They also hope that many PH patients will be able to attend and connect with the Houston PH Support Group that will be manning a PH information booth.

There’s still time to purchase tickets for this great event! Visit the CrawPHish Festival website to get your tickets or simply learn more about the event. Not feeling up to the Creole cuisine? Don’t worry, barbeque is also a signature fixin’ at the festival!

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