Mickey's the site for Gulf states relief

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed many more, but in spite of mother nature’s worst, just as many have turned out to throw their support behind those in need. To that end, Mickey’s Family Crabhouse Restaurant is holding pig roast and oyster feast benefit on Sunday, Oct. 9 between 1 and 4 p.m. in which 100 percent of the proceeds go to the victims of this hurricane season’s tragic storms.

“It’s truly heartbreaking what has happened to the people down there,” said Mickey’s Crabhouse co-owner Amy Walker. “And living on the coast you realize that it could happen here too.”

The benefit costs $50, and tickets can be bought at the door or by calling owner Amy Walker at (302) 228-5772, or at the restaurant at 539-5384. Those who attend won’t just be treated to some of the area’s finest food, but will have an opportunity to enjoy whatever music you desire. “Big George,” a disc jockey from Washington D.C., heard about the event at a recent Redskin game and was quick to throw in his chips.

“He specializes in playing in any music,” said Walker. “Whatever people want to listen to, he’ll play.”

Food and beverages are included in the price of the $50 ticket, but when one thinks about what will be available — it may prove to be a bargain.

Oysters, crabs and roasted pig will all be served buffet-style and appetizers will also be available. Budweiser and Bud-Lite draft beer will flow as long as there is beer to pour, and a cash bar will be available as well.

Besides the revenue from ticket and liquor sales, event organizers have also planned a live auction where people can bid on various items.

Walker anticipates a great turnout due to the holiday weekend, but said helping those in need is the right thing to do.

“We’re looking for everyone to come out and have a good time, but also to remember the purpose — helping the victims of these disasters.”