With 123 teams cooking jambalaya or gumbo, United Way of St. Charles kicked off its fundraising campaign with the 13th annual Battle for the Paddle cook-off on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.
The Battle for the Paddle is held to mark the beginning of the United Way of St. Charles annual campaign to raise funds that support local programs and agencies serving St. Charles Parish.
“We really enjoy this event because it brings the community together and creates a lot of excitement going into our annual fundraising campaign. Our goal this year is zero— meaning we want to raise enough money so that no one goes without the services needed in our community,” stated John Dias, UWSC Executive Director.
Cooking began at 11 a.m., and the public was invited to join from 3 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Over 7,000 attendees came out for unlimited sampling of the area’s best gumbo and jambalaya and live entertainment from the band Sac-A-Lait. The Battle for the Paddle raised over $40,000 for United Way of St. Charles.
The 2014 winners of the Battle for the Paddle include:
1. Dow Movers & Shrinkers-Dow St. Charles Operations
3. Spicy Steelers-Arcelor Mittal
1. Lamar Contractors
2. Roux Dat-Momentive Specialty Chemicals
3. John Rome & Crew-St. Charles Parish Public Schools
The winners for People’s Choice include:
1. Fryoux Brew Crew
2. Team Rabedaux-AM/PM
3. GI North Maintenance-MonsantoGumbo
1. OMI-Oil Mop Inc.
2. Tim Marcel
3. Covenant Church
United Way of St. Charles also recognized its “Pacesetter” companies who held their United Way fundraising efforts before the official kickoff to help generate momentum for the campaign. The Pacesetter companies include Dow St. Charles Operations, Monsanto, Valero St. Charles Operations, OxyChem, Norco Manufacturing Complex, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Falk Renew Prager, Creative Family Solutions, St. Charles Parish Council on Aging and St. Charles Community Health Center.
To view additional photos from the event, click here.
For more information about United Way of St. Charles and how you can get involved, call Melissa at 985-331-9063.