Party for a cause |

Party for a cause

Wren Wertin

Krewe de C.R.A.W., a local group of people who like to celebrate N’awlins-style, throw about five parties a year. By using their contacts to create deals with musicians and venues, they’re able to raise money for local charities. Past beneficiaries include the Humane Society and Avon Elementary School. The most recent recipient is The Heuga Center, which benefitted from two concert/parties: Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli. Krewe de C.R.A.W. founder Jimmy McCabe presented Jason Denhart, event coordinator for The Heuga Center, with a check for $700 this Tuesday.

“I’ve known Jimmy for as long as I’ve been in the valley,” said Denhart. “Especially this year, in this climate, we welcome any creative fund-raising ideas such as his.”

8150 hosted the last Krewe de C.R.A.W. party, but the Half Moon Saloon is often the host venue.

Avon resident Jeff Galley, who has malignant brain tumors and excessive medical costs, will receive the proceeds of the next event, a concert by New Orleans Juice at Half Moon Saloon next Friday.

McCabe moved to Vail for a season; 12 years later, he’s still here. He often returns to New Orleans, though, to indulge his passion for quality music. With Krewe de C.R.A.W. he’s able to help promote that same live music scene here in the mountains.

“We’d always throw these big parties at our homes,” said McCabe. “Finally, we just got tired of cleaning up afterwards and decided to shift it to the Half Moon.”

Justin Hurley of the Half Moon Saloon enjoys supporting the group for a variety of reasons.

“It’s here to raise money for local charities and supports good music in the Vail Valley,” he said. “A lot of them are fellow restaurant people – bartenders, waiters, cooks, they’re all a fun crew.”

As McCabe, long-time bartender at The Tap Room, pointed out, Krewe de C.R.A.W. enables the working class of Vail to pitch in and raise money for important causes.

To become a member of the party group, a person has to be sponsored by an existing member. The membership cap is 300. For more information call McCabe at 477-0647.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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