Gumbo Cook-Off Fundraiser held at Sugar Mill Pond - KLFY News 10

Gumbo Cook-Off Fundraiser held at Sugar Mill Pond

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Over a thousand people attended Community Home Health Care and Hospice's, Second Annual Gumbo Cook-off Fundraiser at Sugar Mill Pond.

The event was held in support of the non-profit foundation, Lollies's Closet. It is the sister company of Community Home Health and Hospice. Money raised would help fund patient's medical expenses and ramps for those with wheelchairs at home. "It's just for a good cause and for people to come out and have a good time," said Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Bergeron.

According to Joey Russo, owner of Community Home Health Care and Hospice, the turnout for the fundraiser doubled this year. "We're twice as big as we were last year, twice as many people and twice as many cooking teams. twice as many sponsors, we're far away from where we were last year," said Russo.

There were over 42 cooking teams participating in the competition and three gumbo categories: Wildgame, seafood and chicken and sausage. This results in over 50 inches of gumbo to judge. "It's going to be hard to decide which is the best one," said Russo.

The gumbo cook-off was the main event, but the fun didn't stop there. "We have a lot for the kids to do. We have fun jumps, face painting, balloon artists, cookies, and we have lemonade. It's just a little bit of everything," said Bergeron. The events was just like any other in Acadiana. Once you're here, you're family.

"A lot of mingling between people. They're networking and meeting each other. Families came out and just enjoyed the day," said Bergeron.

A little competition pays off in a big way, especially when $20,000-$25,000 was expected to be raised for the foundation.

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