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A Brief History of How “Gumbo & Game” Came About
My name is Cheryl G. Doucette, I am an Associate Broker/Realtor, and President of a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit, called, The Grace Place Inc. I am also a very proud Mom of an active duty soldier, who in 2009 returned to us in the care of the Wounded Warriors program. When our son returned, I began giving back to our wounded warriors every way possible and out of those efforts was birth a time of good food, fellowship & fun called “Gumbo & Game”, in our home, which was centered around the football game between LSU and Al. Being native Louisianans, we did what good Cajuns do best, cook, eat and enjoy family. “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” (Let the good times roll). We did “Gumbo & Game” in our home until it out grew it. We then moved to our neighborhood clubhouse and this year we will be in the Insanity Complex, Big Event/Conference Rink.
One day some members of the Semper Fi Community Task Force came to one of our “Gumbo & Game” gathering in our home. It was then we instantly found another way to give back to those who have given their all for us by becoming volunteers with the SFCTF. We have been volunteers ever since. Now our tiny outreach has become one of the many parts of the SFCTF signature event called “Heroes Week”
Each year, in November, The Semper Fi Community Task Force of North Alabama (SFCTF) hosts Heroes Week. This event gives our Tennessee Valley/Northern Alabama communities the chance to show their deep appreciation and recognition of these service members, their spouses and caregivers. Often these warriors and their families do not receive the welcome home that so many of our military are given after returning home. These heroes were in hospitals, recovering from injuries received in the line of duty while their units completed the deployment and returned to a heroes’ welcome.
Gumbo and Game is simply our tiny way of giving back to those who have given their all for us.
As it is said in Louisiana, “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” – ( Let the Good Times Roll)