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Jun 08, 2013
CENTRAL – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined residents from Oklahoma and Louisiana at “Cooking for Kids” in Central, an annual event that sells crawfish and barbecue meals for charitable causes. All proceeds from the meals sold at this year’s event will be given to the Moore Public School System to assist response efforts and repair damages suffered by its schools in the May 20th tornado.
Governor Jindal said, “By cooking up some of Louisiana’s finest cuisine, we’re able to lend a hand to our friends in Oklahoma who have suffered through unspeakable loss at the hands of these storms. Here in Louisiana, we know what it’s like to live through disaster. The aid of our friends and neighbors from across the country has been instrumental in helping us recover from the challenges we’ve faced, and now we have a chance to give back to those who need it. That's why 100 percent of the proceeds from the meals sold here today will go to our friends in Oklahoma to help them recover and get back on their feet. Louisiana is here for you Oklahoma, and we'll continue standing by you through your recovery."
Moore officials who attended the event include Kathy Knowles, the principal of tornado damaged Highland East Junior High, as well as Moore School System Director Rick Cobb.
Principal Kathy Knowles said, "The past few weeks have been horrific for Oklahoma. We have seen the absolute worst and the absolute best, and to see the state of Louisiana reach out to us has been amazing to me. We appreciate the warmth and generosity that the people of Louisiana have given. It is inspiring to me."
Moore School System Director Rick Cobb said, "This is an incredibly generous community. Being here only a few days, I am overwhelmed at the hospitality of the people here in Louisiana and am excited to see what this event will bring to Oklahoma."
“Cooking for Kids” began Friday with a 5,000 pound crawfish boil and continued today with a barbecue cook-off, live and silent auction and local musical entertainment. Event staff is also accepting relief supplies such as food and clothing that will be sent home with Moore officials for students and families affected by the tornado.
“Cooking for Kids” takes place at 10305 Blackwater Road. Additional ticket information can be found at the event website here.