Crandall Volunteer Fire Department’s 60th Anniversary Fundraiser

Crandall Goes Cajun For A Good Cause! 

Lufkin… Brookshire Brothers puts out an ‘all call’ on behalf of the Crandall Volunteer Fire Department and the company hopes everyone will answer it.  The Lufkin-based grocer has called on its friends at Tony Chachere’s to help raise funds for the Crandall Volunteer Fire Department.  On Saturday, July 26th, from 5 to 9 PM, Brookshire Brothers and Tony Chachere’s will provide a feast of Cajun favorites!  Brookshire Brothers has pledged to match what the community raises on the 26th up to $5000.00!  This is more than a feed, it’s a party featuring music by Big Neon, raffle and door prizes.   All proceeds go directly to Crandall’s Volunteer Fire Department in recognition of its 60 years of service to the people of Crandall and Kaufman County ESD #7.
Tony Chachere’s, based in Opelousas, Louisiana, has a world renown cooking team. The crew will set up its 40-foot cook trailer behind City Hall and prepare the feast of fried shrimp, fried catfish, jambalaya, smoked turkey, fries and a variety of Tony’s special sauces.    Tony Chachere’s National Sales Director Brandon Schipes says, “Our cook team loves to do charitable events. There’s nothing better than coming to the aid of a community and that is what we are doing in Crandall.” 
Brookshire Brothers’ Store Director Ernest Catuncan says the dire straits of the De-partment’s finances are what spurred him to get involved.  A former member alleged-ly embezzled just under $300,000 from the Department forcing the VFD to sell equipment that was used as collateral on loans.
Catuncan and Brookshire Brothers’ Director of Public Relations Sally Alvis reached out to CVFD’s Chief Allen Cousins to organize the 60th Anniversary benefit. Alvis says, “At Brookshire Brothers we understand that our volunteer fire-fighters are the heart and soul of the community. We depend on our first responders!  We celebrate their rich 60-year tradition and want to send them into the next sixty on sound financial footing. “
Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 149 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations.   Its market stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Canyon Lake, Texas, north to Whitesboro, Texas, and south to Ganado, Texas.  For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands, visit our website at
Thank Goodness for Brookshire Brothers
Thank goodness it's Friday will take on several meanings Friday, March 22nd for the folks at Brookshire Brothers and their neighbors at the Ellen Trout Zoo. Dozens of the company's employee-owners will don work gloves, grab paint brushes, and spray on the sunscreen for a day at the ZOO. It's a tradition that the company began ten years ago to recognize the impact the Best Small Town Zoo in America has on the hundreds of thousands of families in almost every East Texas and Western Louisiana community that Brookshire Brothers has a grocery or convenience store.
Company President and CEO Jerry Johnson says, "We realize that not just our local customers but our loyal shoppers from 2-3 hours away come to Lufkin to spend a day at the Zoo. It's a privilege for our company to pay our employee owners to go across the street and put some sweat equity into a place that so many of our customers enjoy."
Friday's work day couldn't come at a better time says the Zoo's Charlotte Henley. The Director of Educational Services adds, "Just last week we had 12,538 visitors! The Spring Break crowds calls for some Spring cleaning and refurbishing." Henley says this year's 'to do' list includes painting the front of the big cat exhibit, the rhino runway and the old concession stand. Electricians, plumbers, builders, accountants and clerks will also add plants and rocks to the waterfowl pool and some reed fencing around the flamingos.
Henley laughs, "Taking care of 800 animals a day is intense. We just run out of hours and manpower. We would all agree that keeping this huge investment in great repair and fine tuned for our visitors would not be possible without the help of our friends at Brookshire Brothers. They are great neighbors and incredible supporters."
In addition to the painting, heaving, hauling and cleaning, Brookshire Brothers will provide lunch for the Zoo Staff and all of the volunteers on Friday. Learn more about Brookshire Brothers and get connected at