Log In   ·   Become A Member

Camp SoulGrow Bringing The Big Easy To Montauk During Mardi Gras-Themed Fundraiser

Nicole Barylski

Rosiere hopes the programming helps Camp SoulGrowers build a better future. (Photo: Kathleen Doran)

Can't make it down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Head to Shagwong Tavern & Restaurant in Montauk on Saturday, February 10 where Camp SoulGrow, a Montauk-based non-profit creative camp for children, will bring a lively taste of The Big Easy during the fourth annual ​Mardi Gras in Montauk fundraiser party.

"I'm born and raised in New Orleans. I lost my home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and had been living in the City for a while. When I came out to Montauk and decided to start Camp SoulGrow, I wanted to make it a 501(c)(3) charity so that people that supported and donated would have an incentive and get something back from it - whether it be a tax deduction or just having it be something that is known that it is for the greater good of the children," Camp SoulGrow's founder London Rosiere told us. "With that - and keeping it no fee and donation operated - we're not receiving x amount of dollars every day."

To support the charity, she turned to her hometown for inspiration. "I knew I needed to throw a fundraiser and I said what better way to throw a fundraiser in the middle of winter when there's not much going on and be able to bring the New Orleans flavor and spice and fun and soul to Montauk?" she explained. "So, the past three years it's been such a success and so much fun for adults."

Camp SoulGrow is completely reliant upon donations. (Photo: Kathleen Doran)

From 7 to 10 p.m., attendees will enjoy unlimited Cajun eats - think crawfish, fried chicken, jambalaya, gumbo, and more - provided by Shagwong head chef Andrew Doran, as well as unlimited beer courtesy of Montauk Brewing Company.

"For $25 you get an amazing dinner, endless drinks, and an amazing band," Rosiere noted. "We'll have a raffle and the money goes to Camp SoulGrow."

Revel in Dimes​ is headlining the benefit and there will also be several auction prizes​, and essential Mardi Gras accessories.

"We have all the beads and we have all the throws (masks, trinkets, etc.) - it looks like you're at Mardi Gras and you feel like you're at Mardi Gras," she said. "Everybody's having a good time and the bonus is that it's for the kids."

Mardi Gras in Montauk will feature amazing food, delicious sips, entertaining sets, and more. (Photo: Kathleen Doran)

Camp SoulGrow is completely reliant upon donations. There is no set fee for any of their programs, meaning admission to each event is based on the honor system. Rosiere set it up this way so that children were not limited because of their family's income.

"We have our bus and liability insurance due in March so we really need to raise money," Rosiere said. The organization is also trying to raise funds for a new software program for their website that would make signing up for a class much more efficient, especially during the summer season when Camp SoulGrow presents nearly 100 workshops.

If your little ones feel left out of the festivities, mark your calendar because Camp SoulGrow is hosting its 4th annual Presidents' Week. From Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23, children can stop by the Camp SoulGrow Studio in Montauk to participate in five different workshops that will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Monday will feature music with Laura Maruzzella, Tuesday will cover recycle art with Kate Nicolai, on Wednesday, Camp SoulGrow is taking a field trip to Body Tech, via the SoulGrow Bus, for fitness with Merete Cavanaugh, Thursday will tackle crafting with Eileen Devlin, and Friday will focus on baking with Karl Stork.

​Revel in Dimes​ is headlining the benefit. (Photo: Kathleen Doran)

Camp SoulGrow's mission is to present creative learning opportunities and adventures that allow children to pursue new interests, learn to be open-minded, discover new talents, nurture confidence, and provide a place where new friendships can form. The organization, which was founded in July of 2014, aims to inspire youth. Since it was launched, Camp SoulGrow has hosted over 463 workshops that were attended by over 755 kids, opened three locations, bought and painted a 23-passenger bus.

Rosiere hopes the programming helps Camp SoulGrowers build a better future.

Admission to Mardi Gras in Montauk is $25, and wristbands will be available at the door.

"It really is so much fun," she added.

To sign up for 4th annual Presidents' Week, email Info@CampsoulGrow.org.

Shagwong Tavern & Restaurant is located at 774 Montauk Highway in Montauk. For more information, visit www.campsoulgrow.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Calissa is Mykonos in the Hamptons.
Our menu focuses on seafood and Greek dishes such as salt baked fish, seafood pasta and Mediterranean mezze. Our wine list has been awarded The Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and boasts the largest selection of rosé in the Hamptons. The name Calissa is derived from the brightest constellation in the summer sky.Our sister restaurants in New York are Amali and Bar Marseille, opening 2020 in the Rockaways. Calissa offers private dining spaces for groups from 10 to 300 people. To plan your next wedding, corporate event or gathering, please email events@calissahamptons.com. 1020 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, WATER MILL

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.

WordHampton Public Relations
We build client revenues and reputations. Our reputation is built on delivering a strong media presence and, as a result, demand for our clients' offerings, resulting in a positive impact on sales. Successful campaigns start with understanding the goals of our clients and developing a customized strategy that will achieve those objectives.

SGF Acupuncture, PLLC. Is owned and operated By Sandra Geehreng Foster.
SGF Acupuncture, PLLC. Is owned and operated By Sandra Geehreng Foster. Her treatments are based on five element acupuncture. She also offers Far Infrared Sauna treatments. PEMF cellular excerise.

Spanish Maven was founded by Marisa Ramirez.
Spanish Maven was founded by Marisa Ramirez after she experienced learning English as a second language upon relocating to New York.

Big Brunch Box-delivered in The Hamptons
BIG BRUNCH BOX. Your favorite gourmet brunch foods for weekend eating with friends and family, ordered with ease and conveniently dropped at your doorstep in The Hamptons every Friday with fanatical attention to quality.

Long Island Cares, Inc.
While distributing nutritious food to our Nassau and Suffolk County neighbors is the heart of Long Island Cares, we’re more than just a food bank. We’re one of the region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations, and there are many other ways we can help you and your loved ones.