Why we do this and how we got started
In the spring of 2006, a friend of mine asked me to take a bike-a-thon our community puts on every year for St. Jude and with having a niece that received treatment from St. Jude, I couldn't say no. I received the packet and started to work on the bike-a-thon. I put up fliers sent letters to schools, churches etc. That year we raised $64.00 and I was so upset. Thinking I did everything I could so their had to be a better way to raise money for such a wonderful place. So with a little brainstorming and help from the Knights of Columbus a men's group from St. Gabriel Catholic Church, we came up with a Jambalaya Cook-Off. After all we do live in Southern Louisiana near the Jambalaya Capital of the World in Gonzales. We could think of no better person to name it after than George Fairchild Sr. the first Jambalaya Champion of the World Famous Jambalaya Festival held in 1968. George Fairchild Sr. is considered the Jambalaya King.
We were really just thinking we would have 10 or 15 cooks but once we called Tammy at the Jambalaya Association the ball really got rolling and in 2007 the first year we had 42 cooks and raised $11,743.52. To this day we have raised over $100,000 for the children of St. Jude and we now average around 60 cooks.
Jambalya is sold for $5.00 a plate and the ladies of the community bake delicious sweets to be sold. A handmade LSU quilt and lots of other donated items are raffled off for $1.00 a ticket. We also sell T-Shirts, koozies, hats and towels. 100% of the proceeds go to St. Jude.