Crawfish Boil Serves Up More Than Food

The Dallas Geological Society (DGS) hosted its 18th Annual Crawfish Boil this year on April 20 at Winfrey Point on Dallas’ White Rock Lake.

Attendees from all over north and rast Texas were treated to a night of great food, live music and networking with industry colleagues. In total, there were nearly 250 attendees at the event with sponsorship support provided by 30 local companies and organizations. These sponsors helped offset the cost of the event along with providing raffle gifts, a lively photo booth, live music from a local five-piece jazz band to set the evening’s tone, and even hand-rolled cigars.

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The Dallas Geological Society (DGS) hosted its 18th Annual Crawfish Boil this year on April 20 at Winfrey Point on Dallas’ White Rock Lake.

Attendees from all over north and rast Texas were treated to a night of great food, live music and networking with industry colleagues. In total, there were nearly 250 attendees at the event with sponsorship support provided by 30 local companies and organizations. These sponsors helped offset the cost of the event along with providing raffle gifts, a lively photo booth, live music from a local five-piece jazz band to set the evening’s tone, and even hand-rolled cigars.

The level of support for this year’s event shows that Dallas/Fort Worth-area companies have a positive outlook for 2017 and beyond.

Not only is the crawfish boil one of the marquee events on the DGS calendar each year, it also stands out as the seminal event planned by young professionals and driven by student volunteers. Some of our sponsorship came from individual YP contributors and volunteers from Southern Methodist University’s and University of Texas-Dallas’ GeoClubs helped ensure the event ran smoothly.

The AAPG Southwest Section YP group provided additional sponsorship of the event, which went to cover the cost of the live music, keeping the positive energy going through the night. More importantly, however, the generous contribution enabled and encouraged the attendance of students and unemployed recent graduates in the area who otherwise might not have attended. Such events are beneficial to AAPG YPs and prospective YP SIG and Association members alike. They provide a forum not only for students seeking advice on career paths, for recent graduates looking to build their professional networks, and for mentors of AAPG student chapters to meet and interact with established members of the local geological community, but also for promoting the local geological society, AAPG, and the YP SIG.

Thankfully, the unpredictable Dallas spring weather cooperated, offering perfect conditions for taking in a sunset view of the downtown skyline. All in all, it was another successful crawfish boil with a positive turnout signaling brighter times ahead for the oil and gas industry in Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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