Cast Iron Ministries will return to its original fundraising design Saturday, Feb. 24, in Zachary's Historic Village.
Organizer Scott Plauche said the August 2016 flood changed earlier plans. "The two events are being combined into one this year," Plauche said. "We will have the cast iron Classic 5K and 1-mile Fun Run and the Jambalaya cook-off."
The 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. The event features Ainsley's Angels, an organization that pairs able-bodied runners with disabled children and adults who can't run. The center of the action is on Virginia Street behind City Hall.
Necessity has fueled the organization's growth. Plauche explained that the group wanted to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, so Cast Iron Ministries secured a 501 (c) 3 classification and became a nonprofit nearly two years ago.
The St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic extends the reach of the world-renowned St Jude's Children's Research Hospital to the people of Louisiana and beyond. They apply the advances in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology earned through cooperative study in an environment that is familiar and convenient to their patients.
The Children's Center is a 60-bed unit with a renovated 50-bed floor unit with two large nursing stations, and 10-bed, Level I, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The medical staff includes more than 100 pediatricians and family practice doctors.
Joan Walters, Zachary resident and St. Jude Affiliate Clinic nurse, said not all St. Jude children have cancer. The organization has expanded its scope to include other serious and catastrophic conditions like sickle cell anemia. Some area children stay in Baton Rouge and are treated at the Lake clinic, but they have the benefits of St. Jude Research Hospital.
"This particular funding helps us go the extra mile for families when they have a need," Walters said. "This will help us supplement what St. Jude and Our Lady of the Lake can do; we can make something happen quickly."
Plauche said a record 17 teams will be competing in the cook-off and entertainment will be provided by Zachary's Chelle Marie and Adam Pearce from NBC's "The Voice."
A mobile blood bus will be accepting donations, and testimonials from patients and families who have been treated at the local St. Jude clinic will be presented.
New features include face painting and an art and crafts vendor booth market offering items such as Norwex products, handmade jewelry and Girl Scout cookies. Abita Brewing Company has donated Amber, Purple Haze and 30/90 beer for sale.