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Cookin’ behind the Scenes

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Cookin’ in Central had its final planning meeting on Tuesday, April 6th at Elegant Memories on Frenchtown Road. About 40 people were in attendance, including the Mayor, Central school principals, council members, and other Central volunteers. After expenses that have been counted up to this point, Cookin’ has already raised a net $36,705.75 so far for Central schools, Blue Star Mothers, and the Property Fund for a location for future Cookin’ events.

Volunteers have been working hard for the past several weeks to put together the events and food for this huge fundraiser. The car show has at least 8 entries so far (if you would like to enter your car in the show, print an entry form online at www.centralgov.com). Live and silent auctions both still need donated items to auction. The live auction already features 16 items including a grill, a fishing trip, a Saints collectors’ item, and a painting. A total of 20 items are needed, so they are still a bit short of the goal. They are especially interested in Saints or LSU sports tickets at this point. The silent auction is featuring gift baskets and packages from the schools, local companies, and individual donors. If you would like to donate something to the silent or live auction, you can download a donation form on the Central government website.

Between 50 and 60 cooks have stepped up so far, and Cookin’ is still searching for a few more, preferably to cook jambalaya. There is a cooks form on centralgov.com. A final cooks meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at 7 PM in the Central Middle School cafeteria.

There are several other opportunities for volunteers at this event including helping to serve food, directing traffic, working in booths, and cleaning up. You can find more details in the Community section of CentralSpeaks.com. Remember to purchase your tickets and come out to help and have fun on Friday, April 16th at 5 PM and on Saturday, April 17th beginning at 10 AM.

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