Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
An Annual Celebration of the Illustrious Mollusk
Every year, since 1997, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar has dedicated oyster month (March) to celebrating and glorifying the most charitable of mollusks, that beneficent bivalve, the oyster. Through games, contests and feats of gustatory grandeur, the staff and management of each restaurant have worked to raise money for, and awareness of, their designated charitable partner. In much the same way that an oyster’s primary livelihood is the betterment of its surrounding through the selfless act of filtering the water in its ecosystem, the crew at Jax annually focuses every effort towards raising funds to support the good work being done by charitable organizations in our community.
High West Oyster Fest is the only organized oyster shucking competition held in the mountain west. This exhilarating and sustainable event creates a truly unique opportunity to bring the collected talent of the oyster world to our doorstep and nets significant exposure in the process. The atmosphere is that of a music festival – it is loud, participatory and frenetic. The ‘Oyster Athletes’ are our rock stars, and EVERY cent we raise goes to an amazing Colorado charity.
The Winner’s Board
Mother Shucking Champion – Ben Wolven – 12 oysters in 59 seconds
Oyster Eating Champs – Guido’s Bluepoint Oyster Cult – 98 oysters in 2 minutes
Team Members: Steven ‘Guido’ Orth, Michael Hoang, Tom Kamnikar, Wesley DeBaca
Total Charity Raise
In 2018 & 2019, Oyster Month and HWOF partnered with First Descents and raised $120,000. Through outdoor adventures, skills development, and local adventure communities FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer. Their participants experience free outdoor adventure programs that empower them to climb, paddle, and surf beyond their diagnosis, reclaim their lives, and connect with others doing the same. See more about the event HERE.
In 2017, Oyster Month and HWOF partnered with YWCA of Boulder County and raised $26,326. Since 1922, YWCA Boulder County has been providing a continuum of vital services to the women, children, and families of Boulder for over 90 years. They are a welcoming, human service agency that works with over 5,000 individuals annually.
In 2016, Oyster Month and HWOF partnered with Blue Sky Bridge and raised $27,500. Blue Sky Bridge is a Colorado based non- profit which facilitates a collaborative approach to child abuse investigations while providing child victims and their families with support in a safe and child-focused environment.
In 2015, Oyster Month and HWOF partnered with There With Care and raised $590,000 thanks to an incredible anonymous matching donor. There With Care provides support to hundreds of families being treated at 12 hospitals and medical facilities across Colorado.
In 2013 & 2014, Oyster Month and HWOF partnered with VetEx and raised $66,000. These sponsorships and donations funded 100% of all VetEx adventures in Colorado in 2013 & 2014, empowered hundreds of Veterans, and created new, previously unrealized opportunity for dozens more.