Former longtime Lafourche Parish Councilman Lindel Toups is in a fight for his life right now as he continues to battle the cancer that’s now poisoned his body for nearly 18 months.
Citizens of Lafourche Parish are invited to attend an upcoming benefit in Toups’ honor that will seek to assist the well-known businessman and politician in his effort.
A benefit for Toups will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Gheens Community Center – an entire day of family and fun that will raise money for Toups to help defray the cost of his medical bills and cancer treatments.
For many years, Lindel has answered the call for other benefits that were held throughout the community and beyond for other causes, either by donations of money or just his time. Many times he participated as an auctioneer. But rarely did he ever say no to anyone.
Toups said the idea for the day wasn’t his, but he’s warmed by the support. The former 20-plus-year councilman said he’s honored to know local people are willing to help him in his fight.
An account has been set up on Toups’ behalf at United Community Bank, and all proceeds from the day will go into the account.
“It feels good to know people are praying and supporting me during my fight,” Toups said. “I am grateful for all of the support, friends and family who have been by my side every step of the way.”
The benefit will be loaded with good eats.
According to a flyer issued by the Gheens Community Center, several courses will be offered throughout the day, which will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In true Cajun custom, jambalaya, catfish and white beans is on the menu – a Louisiana tradition, which will be cooked fresh during the day of the benefit, and will almost assuredly be a hit.
Also on the menu will be a delicious and scrumptious ground meat spaghetti, which will be served with corn.
Both the jambalaya and spaghetti plates will be served throughout the day for $7.
If you don’t like either main dish, feel free to grab a hot dog with chili – another staple of the day. That, or a sweet shop that will be loaded with goodies.
While eating, partygoers are asked to stay a while and pass a good time, as Treater and Tet Dur will provide musical entertainment throughout the day.
When folks get thirsty from all of the dancing, they’ll be accounted for, as soft drinks and even beer will be served throughout the benefit.
Throughout the day, both public and silent auctions will be held to raise money, and t-shirts are available now and also at the benefit.
It’s all to benefit Toups, who has been going back and forth to Georgia to get treatments for his cancer.
He’s said publicly multiple times that he plans to battle the disease and beat it – much like he did to all of the issues that faced him during his time in office.
Toups said in November that he has his good days and his bad days, but has learned how special our community is throughout his fight.
“The people and the prayers – they inspire you,” Toups said of the support he’s been given. “It means a lot.”
For more information about the benefit or to make a donation, call Tracey at 985-226-5948 or Daniel at 985-438-4122.
Posted on Fri, February 12, 2016
by Gazette Staff Reports