Holly Days

The Holly Days Fund Drive is a campaign that benefits various charitable groups. It began in 1989 and is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Port Arthur, other local Rotary Clubs, and the Port Arthur News. In 1989, a contest was held to name the cartoon character to represent the fund drive. Holly Day and Jingle Bear were chosen for the little girl and her bear who appear in the Port Arthur News throughout the holiday season. Names of all donors are listed in the Port Arthur News.

Proceeds go to various local charitable organizations.

Taste Of Gumbo

Rotary year 1986-87 gave birth to the Taste of Gumbo and was such a success it became an annual event.

Annually, area restaurants are invited to prepare and serve their favorite gumbo recipes at this event which is held at the Port Arthur Civic Center. The Rotary Club provides the organizational structure, and the member is required to sell tickets. Average attendance is approximately 3,000. The price of a ticket buys all the gumbo one can eat and an opportunity to win a major door prize.

Funds in excess of $11,000 have been raised each year and are used to help fund various charities selected each year. Following the event, an appreciation plaques is presented to the participating restaurants.





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