A poker run and pastalaya cook-off will be held on Saturday, Mar. 25, at Drew and Willie’s Sports Bar as a benefit for the Louisiana Lions Children’s Camp for disabled children.

The poker run will begin at the sports bar on Magnolia Beach Road at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 per bike and includes lunch. Add a passenger for $10, lunch included – donate $25 for the extra rider and they will receive a poker hand as well.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the best hand and a prize will be given to the entrant with the worst hand.

Entrants in the pastalaya cook-off will donate $25 for an entry fee, with the first place winner receiving a cash prize. Second and third place winners in the cook-off will receive prizes.

Rules for the cook-off include a requirement that enough pastalaya must be prepared to serve 25 and donated to the benefit.

Cooks may use chicken, beef or pork or any combination of the three but no ingredients containing MSG will be allowed.

There will also be a live auction at the fundraiser.

Lions Clubs across the state designed and built the camp to provide youth from 8 to 18 with mental or physical challenges, diabetes and pulmonary disorders with a camp where they can attend and instead of being different, they will be just like all of the other children at the weeklong camp.

There is no charge to attend the camp, but with no federal or state funding, benefits like the upcoming one in Livingston Parish along with corporate donations raise the $550,000 needed to sustain the camp.

The camp is centrally located in Vernon Parish near Leesville on just over 170 acres of land on La. 171. There are 30 permanent modern air-conditioned for the children’s comfort and 15 wilderness cabins for rustic camping.

Each camp session is packed with activities suitable for the disabled campers including wheelchair-adapted swings and a handicapped swimming pool.

The Lions Club has a trained counselors on staff for each child 24 hours a day, registered nurses live on site and local doctors are on call.

About 700 disabled children attend the camp each summer.

For those unable to attend but wishing to assist the cause, checks should be made payable to Lions Camp Benefit.

For more information, contact Nancey Farr at (225) 268-5037.

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Tommy Comeaux is the Lifestyle editor at The Livingston Parish News. He can be reached via email at TommyComeaux@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @tommycomeaux.

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