Girls' Haven Gumbo Fest set for Feb. 20

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You can’t ask for better gumbo weather. It’s the perfect time for the 22nd annual Girls’ Haven Gumbo Festival, set for Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., once again held in the Parkdale Mall parking lot.

There will be plenty of activities for the kids, including a special performance by the one and only Sonny “The Bird Man,” an expanded kids area including carnival games, bounce houses and much more.

Did we mention gumbo?

There will be plenty to choose from as area teams pull out their best recipes for the Gumbo Cook-Off with judging in three separate categories — seafood, poultry and combination. Gumbo tickets will be sold on site for $7 (large bowl or four small bowls). Admission and parking are free.

If you think you can cook the best gumbo in Southeast Texas, here is your chance to show off your skills. Entry fee is a $100 donation per team to Girls’ Haven for a 10x10 foot space or a $150 donation for a 10x20 foot space with two gumbo entries, and spaces are available for both individuals and businesses.

PRN Medical was voted the “People’s Choice Award” while Elks Lodge earned Grand Champion last year.

“This is a fun event for the entire family,” said Alice Teeler, executive director of Girls’ Haven. “ This is a great way to have fun and support the mission of Girls’ Haven.”All proceeds will benefit Girls’ Haven, “more than just a shelter.” Located at 3380 Fannin Street in Beaumont, Girls’ Haven seeks to provide a safe, nurturing environment for girls affected by physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation or severe family dysfunction. Their only priority is to promote and enhance the quality of life for girls in need from ages 6-21.

Licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services, Girls’ Haven can accept up to 32 girls and not only offer basic services, but psychological care, group therapy, medical care and educational services. There is an onsite charter school that offers excellent educational services to students who are in Pre K – eighth grade.

They also provide a loving home where girls can work through past trauma and harm to learn to make healthy decisions and choose a positive future.

Girls’ Haven relies on the compassionate donations of individuals, businesses and organizations for its daily operation.

“It takes well over $25,000 a year to care for girls who have been abused, neglected or are homeless,” said Teeler. “These events and our generous sponsors make our mission a reality”

For more information, call (409) 832-6223 or view girlshaveninc.org.

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