12th Annual Gumbo Cook Off
The Annual Gumbo Cook-Off heats up with live music, a kids’ activity area, both silent and live auctions, food, drinks, dancing, and lots of gumbo. While this is a free event, the entry fee to participate in the Cook-Off is $50. Prizes are awarded for First Place Champion, Second place, and Third Place. In addition, a specially designed Gumbo Cook-Off Champ Paddle will be passed from the reigning champ to a new contender. Winners of the cook-off will be announced at 4pm. All proceeds benefit a local child and family who are burdened with medical and related expenses.
This year's gumbo cook-off recipient is seven-month-old, Adalynn Rose Guidroz. Adalynn, daughter of Brooke Gerace & Jason Guidroz of Palmetto, LA, is affectionately known as Addie. At 22 weeks gestation, her parents were given terrible news, that something was severely wrong, and at 24 weeks a maternal-fetal specialist confirmed it was spina bifida. Due to the severity, hydrocephalus began to occur in the womb resulting in the malformation of Addie’s brain tissue. Given the grave prognosis, her family put their faith in God and on February 1, 2017, Adalynn Rose Guidroz was born by C-section at Women’s & Children’s in Lafayette. This was the first of many miracles. She weighed 10 pounds and was breathing on her own, despite an expectation that permanent ventilation would be necessary to help Addie breathe. Shortly after delivery, she underwent a nearly six-hour emergency surgery to place an external drain to assist with the hydrocephalus, along with a partial back closure. This was just the first of many surgeries to come. After 24 days and multiple surgeries, it was felt that she should be transferred to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans where the pediatric neurosurgery team could be readily available. She remained in the NICU at Children’s Hospital for three months undergoing several brain surgeries, shunt placements, and multiple wound closures. Adalynn was finally discharged on May 20, 2017, and was welcomed home by her very anxious, smiling big sister Rylee. Addie has made miraculous progress but still has a long road ahead. Her family will continue traveling back and forth to New Orleans to continue Addie’s care and for future surgeries, along with multiple trips each week for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Join the Gumbo Foundation in showing Addie and her family all the love and support.
This event is held the last Saturday in January every year.
Frank’s Downtown and Pride Doran Law Firm | 10am-till | Free Admission
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