Boiled shrimp

A group of high school students who have plans to attend Victoria College and the Mid Coast Construction Academy will benefit from the Sizzlin’ Summer Scholarship Fundraiser hosted by Roth Construction at Patriot Park 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

“My husband, Casey Roth, owns Roth Construction, founded by his father in 1974, and he wants to honor his father, who anonymously is a huge advocate for education,” said Sabrina Roth.

Multiple members of the Roth family run marathons, so they decided to combine a 5K Scholarship Run with a New Orleans-style shrimp boil to fund scholarships and support education locally.

“We wanted to get more involved in the community, so we put it all together to give back,” Roth said.

The 5K run will kick off the event at 7:15 a.m., the Scott Taylor Band will play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and shrimp plates will be served at 11 a.m. Food trucks will offer dessert options and beer will be available for purchase. The family-friendly event also will feature face-painting and a dunking booth. Raffle tickets will sell for $10 each, and items will include a ribeye steak dinner for four at 5D Steakhouse and VIP tickets to Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, a family portrait package, fishing rods, massages and various gift baskets for dining and spa services, among others.

Checks for scholarships will be presented to Victoria College and Mid Coast Construction Academy at 1:30 p.m. Roth Construction established the Roth Scholarship Foundation this year, and its mission is “to support, promote and encourage the educational goals of people in the community.” This is their first fundraising event, but they already have raised almost $16,000 in donations. Their goal is to reach at least $20,000 this year.

DeTar Hospital Navarro donated $1,000 to feed members of the Victoria Fire Department, and an anonymous donor gave $2,000 to feed members of the Victoria Police Department and veterans. Opportunities still are available to donate shrimp plates for first responders and veterans.

At a later date, when the educational institutions have selected recipients for the scholarship money, Roth Construction intends to host a reception that recognizes the students with the event sponsors and volunteers.

“Our motto is listen better, serve better, build better, since 1974,” Roth said. “This is how we’re serving our community better.”

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate.

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