Gimme Shelter 2012
Gimme Shelter, a fundraiser for Operation Home, transported partygoers to the Big Easy with Cajun eats and music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe.
Operation Home brought the bayou to North Charleston with their Big Easy-themed party on Saturday, May 12. Gimme Shelter, the second annual fundraiser for the local non-profit, took place at the old naval base. Partygoers entered to the lively sounds of a gospel choir and were greeted with the mouth-watering smell of Home Team BBQ’s spicy crawfish boil and shrimp po-boys.
A fully stocked bar served up the usual party beverages along with Hurricanes and Painkillers for the more brazen amongst the crowd, and partygoers grabbed a drink before getting down and dirty at the crawfish boil tables. While some people happily dove straight into the pile of crustaceans, the more timid diners contented themselves with spearing bits of spicy sausage and vegetables from the steaming heaps.
Guests placed bids in the silent auction, and Home Team BBQ opened up their Cajun buffet as the evening wore on. The jambalaya and beans and rice kept the masses full and happy, and a drum line entertained everyone before Dikki Du &The Zydeco Krewe stepped up to the stage. The upbeat, funky zydeco music was contagious, and pretty soon everyone’s toes were tapping.
The al fresco fete was a fundraiser for Operation Home, an organization that strives to help people remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through critical home repairs for low-income residents of Berkley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. Operation also works to provide air conditioners during the summer and heaters in the winter to families in need. To date, the group has repaired hundreds of homes in the Charleston area.