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Buca’s Hosts Successful Spring Fling Cash and Meat Raffle for Raiders

The crowd awaits the meatLike any other sports team, the bills have to be paid and money doesn’t grow on trees, so the Raiders held their inaugural Spring Fling Cash and Meat Raffle fundraiser on Saturday, April 21, at Buca’s Bar and Grill in Racine.

Many of those in attendance where lucky to go home with a variety of meat prizes, while those not so lucky would moan looking at their tickets realizing they were just one or two numbers away from putting six t-bone steaks, or other types of meat, in their freezer. Win or lose, it was a fun time for the crowd that was there.

Ron Kroes and his staff outside Buca's Bar and Grill

As a new Raiders sponsor this year, Ron Kroes, owner of Buca’s, was excited to get involved.

“We like to support as much as we can local venues around the area,” Kroes said. “And we knew just how much the Raiders mean to Racine; that it was just a natural fit.”

According to Kroes, the Raiders are nothing new to him. He said he has been attending Raiders games for a good number of years. He recalls the Raiders alumni night game in 2016 when he and a group of friends honored an early Raiders player from the 1950’s, Conrad Basterash.

“He played end for the Raiders and we all wore jerseys with his number 82 to the game,” Kroes said.

Kroes purchased the old Fritz’s Tap and, after three weeks of remodeling, opened up on June 26, 2017, as Buca’s Bar and Grill. After working as a paralegal and spending 25 years as a bartender, it was a dream come true, according to Kroes.

How did Kroes come up with the name “Buca’s?” As it turns out Sambuca is one of his favorite drinks, so he shortened the name and came up with Buca’s. Kroes and his staff of 14 employees work together to make Buca’s a friendly stop.

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“We like to cater to all ages,” Kroes said. “An atmosphere like that leads to a successful bar business.”

Along with that atmosphere is the food his staff grills up behind the bar. Though the Friday fish fry is popular, Kroes considers the Bacon Bourbon Burger to be their signature plate.

Raiders president Matt Nelson said the fundraiser was a good start for the first time. He also said the Raiders look forward to doing it again next year.