ORANGEFIELD — There was plenty of things to munch on and plenty of getting together of “old” Bobcats as many old “wise” tales were being told at the 15th Annual Ed Peveto Crawfish Boil at Jewell Cormier Community Park Saturday afternoon.
The well-orchestrated scholarship fundraiser is named in memory of long-time Orangefield athletic director and head football coach Ed Peveto, who passed away in 1992.
The event gets bigger and better each year. Right at 2,000 pounds of crawfish was boiled up along with plenty of corn and potatoes.
When the event started in 1992, it gave out $500 scholarships. This year’s recipients — Alyssa DeRamus and Ben Ludwig — received $4,000 scholarships.
“I feel so honored to receive the scholarship,” said DeRamus, who was a standout basketball and softball player. “I remember coming to this special event ever since it started when I was real little. The people who put this on are super and all of them care so much about Orangefield.”
Ludwig was thrilled as well.
“I haven’t been in the area long, just a few years after spending a lot of my life in Michigan,” said Ludwig, who excelled in football, basketball and baseball. “This is the first time I ever attended and I’m just amazed how many people are here. It’s wonderful to know that your school has so much tremendous support. I’m very honored to accept this, it’ll go a long way in helping me get my college education.”
DeRamus and Ludwig were chosen from a great group of seniors. The scholarships are handed out based on academics, character, attitude, integrity, hard work and effort.
Long-time Orangefield administrator and former superintendent Michael Gentry, who retired after the last school year was surprised by a plaque before the scholarships were handed out. Gentry served 32 years within the district.
“Mr. Gentry, he’s always been such a class act,” said Peveto. “Sometimes you don’t know how special people are until they retire. Orangefield is losing a very good man. If you poked him, he would bleed orange.”
Peveto’s son Bradley Peveto, who now coaches at Louisiana State University, emceed the event like he does every year and just loves that the event continues to grow each year.
“Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat,” Peveto said. “It’s always so great to see so many old faces and people reuniting. This community, it’s simply the best. The donations that have been made to the fund just amazes me all the time because it seems to grow each year.”
One thing for sure, Ed Peveto would be proud.
“My Dad, he would’ve ate this up and I’m not just talking about the crawfish,” Peveto said. “I can just picture him telling all kinds of stories right now.”
Kids had plenty to do as well including horseshoes, volleyball and a moonwalk.
Saturday’s activities also included a children’s auction, Cajun Auction and a live auction.
“We’d love to see this event continue to flourish,” Peveto said. “We’d like to pass it from one generation to the next.”