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Syracuse non-profit gets boost from POWER

April 2018

Crawfish festival to benefit veterans, Houston hurricane recovery

SYRACUSE, NY (April 16, 2018) ‒ For the past 11 years, Syracuse native Angela Bacon-Reap has boiled crawfish for a cause. This year, that cause will be aided by her employer, POWER Engineers Incorporated.

In 2006, after hearing of the devastation visited on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, Bacon-Reap and her mother began the Annual Crawfish Festival and Clambake in conjunction with Operation Northern Comfort. ONC is an organization based in Liverpool, NY that seeks to aid those who are struggling in Central New York and to rebuild communities such as Houston following devastating hurricanes.

The organization is getting a significant financial boost this year from Bacon-Reap’s employer, POWER Engineers, which will sponsor the festival’s deep-fried crawfish mac and cheese tent. POWER is a multidiscipline consulting engineering firm with offices across the country, including Syracuse and Houston.

“We do our best to encourage our employees’ efforts to be generous to others,” said Bret Moffett, POWER’s CEO. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help those who might be struggling in two of our communities. We’re proud of Angela’s efforts and honored to be part of this event.”

The 11th Annual Crawfish Festival and Clambake will take place on Saturday, May 5. The event is expected to draw 7,000 people who will enjoy 3,500 pounds of crawfish in addition to clams and other Cajun dishes. Funds from this year’s festival will be used to support nonprofit organizations In My Father’s Kitchen and 15 Languages, build tiny homes for veterans in Syracuse, and help areas in Houston rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

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