There are many food drives in our valley that strive to provide food to families in need in the Treasure Valley. The Basque community stands out for their 5-star events to raise money for meat as well as other food staples and needs. Their love of music and dance is seconded only by their deep love of family and the community they live in. If you have never attended a Basque event before you don’t know what you are missing. The food is amazing and these are the friendliest and warmest people!
Each year the Caldwell Basque Charity Group holds a dance and dinner to raise money for meat, food and other goods for the people in need in Canyon County. This has been happening for 49 years as of this year and has raised more than $2 million in donations for meat, food and other practical needs for families in Canyon County.
Lisa Gabiola-Weitz, the group’s representative, along with around 25 volunteers helped to deliver more than 9,000 lbs of chicken and pork to various churches in Parma, Marsing, Caldwell, Nampa, and Homedale. “We really try to help those people who have fallen through the cracks of the community,” she said. “we really try to seek out those individuals who have been really hard working citizens and have hit hard times, whether they have lost their jobs, been diagnosed with cancer, come down with a serious illness, or elderly people who aren’t self-sufficient.”
Caldwell Basque Charities is a charity organization that for nearly 50 years, has used their Basque Culture and Festivities to help raise money to distribute back to the community. They are a group of volunteers that have a deep love of their history and a passion to help the community. Several people in the group are second and third generation members.
They participate in the Caldwell Night Light Christmas Parade, Caldwell Basque Charities Annual Meat Drive, and the Annual Caldwell Basque Dinner/ Dance which is their main fundraiser for the year.
You don’t have to be of Basque heritage to receive help from their group. They take applications for help and determine the best way to help the applicants. Over the years they have bought eyeglasses, artificial limbs, medical procedures, and wheelchairs and mobility equipment. They have also paid rents, bought water heaters, groceries, and things like travel expenses for a parent to accompany a loved one to medical procedures. There are many ways they give back to the community including their Annual Christmas Meat Drive which gives $8000 of meat products to the community.
This year’s event is $35 per person pre-sold. This includes dinner from 6-7:30 p.m., a no-host bar, Herribatza Dantzariak & Oinkari Basque Dancers, athletic exhibits, a silent and live auction, and to top off the evening a DJ with dancing. This wonderful event will be held at the Caldwell Event Center, O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell.
If you would like tickets or for more information, please call Lisa Gabiola-Weitz at 208-880-1952.