Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care hosts 4th annual Gumbo Cook-off

Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 3:36 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Saturday June 4, the Wyoming Foundation For Cancer Care (WFCC) held their fourth annual gumbo cook-off at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. The cook-off saw 17 different business compete with most coming from Wyoming but some even coming from other states. Those competing had the option to cook meat based gumbo, seafood based gumbo, or both to try and win first from judges and also as the peoples choice.

The event saw hundreds of people attend from the Casper community to, not only try these gumbos, but also to support the WFCC. Many of the competitors also had ties to the foundation and were cancer survivors themselves.

“You know it actually warms my heart to see a lot of people, I know there’s a lot of cancer survivors, people that are actually going through this that are actually fighting the fight right now. This is able to bring them money and bring awareness to what’s actually happening.” said Derrick Brock. Mr. Brock competed in the cook-off with Outback Steakhouse and is a cancer survivor himself.

The foundation uses the money raised to give to those struggling with non-medical cancer related costs. This can include helping with expenses such as car payments, house payments, groceries, and even gas cards.

WFCC Executive Director Amy Womack said, “There are about 3,000 Wyomingites a year that get diagnosed with cancer and our goal as the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care is to give $1,000 dollars to every person that has been diagnosed with cancer in Wyoming.”

At the end of the event winners were announced for judges choice and peoples choice. Rouxlin Smoke won the judges choice for Seafood gumbo while Rocky Mountain Oncology won for their meat based gumbo. The Peoples choice winners were Smokin’ Hot Butts for their seafood gumbo and then The Sheriffs Office won peoples choice for their Meat based gumbo.

Owners of Smokin’ Hot Butts, Brett and Tammy Osborne, said “We put a lot into it. It takes two or three days to get this together and having people come by and seeing the people come by and they like it, that’s what makes it for us. We’re here to support the charity though and that’s the bottom line.”

The cooks with the Sheriff’s Office, Scott Turnbull and Doug Shumacker, were also excited to cook at the event and to help spread awareness for cancer prevention treatments. “I had thyroid cancer last year, so I’m all about any fund raiser for cancer be it breast, non-specific, you know, whatever. Education about getting screened for cancer early. I mean it’s an important research thing with cancer right now. It’s probably one of the highest leading causes of death whether it be from smoking or otherwise.” said Scott and Doug.

Event coordinators were pleased with the turnout for this years cook-off and are already looking forward to the future of the cook-off as well. “Myself as a breast cancer survivor, I am thrilled to see how many people are coming out to support the community of cancer in Wyoming,” Said Amy Womack.

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