AROUND TOWN: Mounds of shrimp a Cheyenne Village favorite

July 17, 2014 Updated: July 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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Cheyenne Village Executive Director Ann Turner, left, and her husband Vern chat with Betz and Wayne Smisek at the Shrimp Boil. 071114 Photo by Linda Navarro

The shrimp boats were a-comin' - apologies to the 1950s "Shrimp Boats" song - across the lake at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on July 10.

Actually, the mounds of shrimp arrived from the kitchen steaming hot in huge shrimp boil pans, tossed with potatoes, sausage and corn on the cob. Afterwards, it was off to the fire pits for dessert s'mores.

The Shrimp Boil is a five-year tradition for Cheyenne Village and one of the most popular fundraisers for the nonprofit, which helps developmentally disabled adults live on their own.

Set on the patio beside the beach and lake at the resort, this was the perfect site for 120 guests to celebrate Executive Director Ann Turner's 40th anniversary with Cheyenne Village and to raise several thousand dollars for the residents' personal needs.

Jan, Don and Ann Cesare shared the story of their very special son and brother, John, who was permanently injured at birth and when he was older lived at what was known as his "five-star hotel," Cheyenne Village. He died in 2011.

Ralph Routon shared the story of his son, Mitch, also a Cheyenne Village resident.

Table hosts for the Shrimp Boil were Marie Evans, Patty and Don Gravette, Mary Ellen McNally, Joan Klein and O'Briens Carpet One as well as the sponsor, The Gazette.

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