The Gumbo Foundation will be holding its 18th annual Gumbo Cook-Off this Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas.

This year, the cook-off has a pretty cool little man as the beneficiary -- 4-year-old Cooper Schultz. More on him in just a bit.

Event Details

The 18th annual Gumbo Cook-Off will take place from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas. (1939 W Landry St.)

The event will include food, drinks, music, Kids Corner, auctions, raffles, a motorcycle run, and much more.

It's not too late to enter a team into the cook-off. The entry fee is $50 and you can sign up at this link.

You can find more information about the event at or on Facebook.

The Gumbo Foundation, Facebook
The Gumbo Foundation, Facebook

About The Gumbo Foundation

For nearly two decades, The Gumbo Foundation has been committed to coordinating family-oriented events that provide support to families in the local community, particularly those with ill children, while also being a resource to other individuals, groups, and organizations looking to help others.

This year's Gumbo Cook-Off Recipient

As mentioned, this year's beneficiary is four-year-old Cooper Schultz. He's the son of Blake & Nicole Schultz and is the little brother to Lily and Evie. Cooper’s family moved from Alabama to Louisiana in 2020 when his Dad accepted a position at Opelousas General Health System.

The Gumbo Foundation, Facebook
The Gumbo Foundation, Facebook

Cooper was diagnosed with B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on November 14, 2022, and received care at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis for about 12 weeks before transitioning much of his current treatments to the St. Jude affiliate in Baton Rouge. He is currently on week 17 of 120 of this phase of treatment and has 103 weeks remaining.

Y'all come out for a good time for a great cause!

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