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A Crab Feast For A Cause Is Just What It Was

Hey Cuties,

The family and I spent a dope Friday night making new friends and hanging out with old ones at the Justin Fishell Memorial Fund Crab Feast fundraising event. This was our first time attending, but it is an annual event that has been going on for five years now.

Justin Fishell died in a motorcycle accident in 2011 leaving a wife and two small kids behind. Originally the foundation was set up to take care of his children, however, they weren’t in need of the money raised. To honor his life they kept the foundation going and they began to help support minor children in the state of Maryland that have lost a parent to a vehicular accident.  Not everyone has a support system to carry them during difficult times so it is really dope that they step in.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

In May of 2013 two of our dear friends, Herb and Caleb died in a motorcycle accident while riding together. Caleb left a wife and daughter (age 1) behind and the Herb left two small sons behind.  The Justin Fishell Memorial Fund honored the life of our friends and provided child care assistance for their kids.  I’ve never really talked about the boys or their accident on the blog, but these guys were really good friends to Babe. Their deaths really shook things up for us…

Two motorcyclists were killed Thursday night in an accident near Brandywine, police say.  Maryland State Police says the accident, which happened at about 11 p.m. near the intersection of Route 301 and Short Cut Road, involved two motorcycles and a minivan.

 According to law enforcement sources, the motorcyclists were traveling in a group of six bikers and they were going fast. When a minivan pulled broadside into their path, the two bikers hit the van so hard it flipped three times.  The two riders were killed instantly.  They have been identified as Caleb Williams and Herby Bolick, Jr. of Upper Marlboro. – WJLA

 

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

We joined Caleb’s family this year for the event. They had unlimited crabs, food, dessert, drinks, open bar, DJ, photo-booth and more. We ate until our hearts were content. We bid on some raffles and door prizes and danced the night away.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: JFMF

This is our friend Caleb’s widow and her daughter along with Justin’s widow and her daughter. This is a club that nobody wants to be a member of but you know someone is helping you get through it.  A great friendship was born out of tragedy.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

It was a warm feeling to see so many people (it was a sold out event) supporting all of the families and donating to future families.  LittleCuteLips took a break from dancing to snap a picture with us. The Manchild was with us as well, but we found out the hard way he is allergic to shellfish. Thank God I keep Benadryl on me.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: JFMF

We had a good time, we ate until our guts were ready to bust. Then we were entertained with live music and then a DJ.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: JFMF

LittleCuteLips hit the dance floor with Daddy.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: JFMF

This was such a cute moment the photographer caught of us.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: JFMF

The girls had fun at the photo booth. It takes three pictures back to back, so we had to help them change their look before they ran out of time.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: JFMF

It is not easy to quickly style two demanding five-year-old girls.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: Free State Photo Booths

We pulled it off.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: Free State Photo Booths

Then we got in on the action too.

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

Photo Credit: JFMF

LittleCuteLips partied herself out!

Justin Fishell Memorial Fund

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Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Jeuelle

    This post hit close to home for me. I am originally from MD and about 10 years ago my dear cousin, who was a biker, was killed in a biking accident. His family has established a scholarship fund in his memory. The crab feast looks like it’s a wonderful way to honor the memory of a friend and celebrate the blessings to others created in his name.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Sorry to hear that Jeuelle. I love that they are honoring him with a scholarship fund. Although we get sad things like this warm our hearts at the same time.

  2. Sheena Steward

    You go to the best events! This is such an awesome cause. Like you said it’s not a club you want to be part of but it’s comforting to know there is a group off amazing people that ban together for the greater good. I’m glad you and your family had a good time.

    • MimiCuteLips

      You are so right Sheena. I love to attend events and report back. There is so much going on in the world that people don’t know about. Someone just joined this “group” and they need to know that help is out there.

  3. Karen Akpan

    What a great event for an amazing cause at that. It is such a tragedy but like you said having support makes everything so much better and so much easier to handle.
    The kids had a blast with the photo booth. I love photo booths myself 🙂
    Also they must be blessed to have supportive friends like you.

  4. LaShawn

    You had me at crabfest! It’s one of the main reasons I miss living in DC! This sounds like a wonderful fundraising event and looks like you guys had fun.

  5. Jeanette

    What a wonderful way to raise money! I’m so sorry to hear about your friends that died in a motorcycle accident and it always breaks my heart when they have a young family. Something like this should be done in every city. What a wonderful idea.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks, Jeanette. It is tough, I can’t imagine growing up and not remembering your parent because you were so young when they died.

  6. candy

    We have done several memorial fund raisers around our community to help out different families. We haven’t done a crab fest one. Wonderful to help other people.

  7. Sarah Bailey

    What an amazing cause and what a fun looking event to try and help raise awareness, seems like you all had a great time!

  8. Tomi C

    What an awesome way to pay tribute to a loved one. Fellowship, family and food. Hope the foundation raises awareness as well as dollars.

  9. Amber Myers

    I just love this cause. I can’t imagine going through something like this. I’m so glad there’s something out there that can help families.

  10. Emily

    Taking a tragedy like this and turning it into a good thing like raising money for a great cause is amazing! Turning a negative into a positive. Great work, and it seems like everyone had fun at the event!

  11. Liz Mays

    It’s wonderful that everyone came to support these families. It’s really nice that they had some fun things like the photo booth there!

  12. Kim

    It is unfortunate that this event had to take place because of an accident. I like that the family started a fund in his memory. It looks like you all had a great time.

  13. Eva

    What a special organization! I can’t imagine losing two family friends at the same time. This event sounds like a fun way to remember them, and to raise money so that other families can receive assistance.

  14. Pam Wattenbarger

    Oh no, sorry the Manchild is allergic to shellfish. That must have sucked to find out the hard way about!

  15. Kita

    You had me at crab fest. And the fact that it supports a worthy cause. I hope the children of your friends are doing well.

  16. Claudia Krusch

    This looks like it was a fantastic memorial fund raiser. You got some great photos and I bet the food was amazing.

  17. Ali Rost

    My heart goes out to the families. I can’t imagine having to go through something like this. What a wonderful idea for a fundraising event. Who doesn’t love a crabfest? It’s so nice to see so many people coming together to help however they’re able. x

    • MimiCuteLips

      It reminds you of the good and fun times with your loved one. It also allows you to connect with others who are walking down the same road.

  18. Shabree

    I know that loosing your friend must have been so hard for their family. What’s beautiful about this is someone else took their tragedy and used it as an opportunity to serve others. I love this! Wishing them continued blessings!

  19. Kiwi

    Girl you know I love your family! The event looks so much fun I love interactive festive event and of course Crab!!

  20. Chubskulit Rose

    This looks like so much fun. What a way to enjoy crabs and then help a cause.

  21. Courtney CJ

    Allergic to shellfish? So tragic! Same story with le boo and I just shake my head. This is a dynamic event though and I am glad that you got the opportunity to share the story. Accidents can affect so many people.

  22. liz Cleland

    This would be such a wonderful event to go and enjoy. Wish we had those out here in the countryside of western new york! Love the concept and photos

  23. Victoria Heckstall

    This looks like so much fan. Such a great idea to enjoy eating crabs and for a cause.

  24. Anosa

    What an incredible foundation and how lovely of Justin’s family to continue on this foundation and support other families who went through what they did and sorry about your friends

  25. Terri

    The foundation sounds amazing. I’m glad they’ve kept it going to help others in need and who ever started it needs praise too even though his children didn’t need the money. Their thoughtfulness has helped and will help many families.

  26. Rosemary Palmer

    What a great cause and getting to eat crab. Yum. It’s always nice to be a pa rt of a local organization like this.

  27. Annemarie LeBlanc

    You are right, this is a group you won’t want to find yourself in, but if fate has its way, the good thing is that this group offers as much support to help the family cope with the loss. Looks like very one felt like they were part of one big family!

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