Get your fill of jambalaya on April 25 at Clash of the Cooks, which allows amateur and professional chefs to showcase their go-to recipes while raising money for local families battling cancer. Photo courtesy Clash of the Cooks.

Local spring fundraisers for getting out and giving back

The organizations that put together local fundraising events don’t just settle for the simple. They go above and beyond to create innovative celebrations that anyone would be excited to attend, even if they weren’t especially connected to the cause.

With so many events happening in the coming weeks, we pulled together a short list of just some of the ways you can get involved. Read on for all the details, and share the events you’re looking forward to in the comments below:


Photo courtesy OLOL Children’s Hospital Amazing Half Marathon.

Great Rover Road Run

Race for the Cure

Amazing Half Marathon & 5K

Wearin’ of the Green 5K Shamrock Run

Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk

Anna’s Grace Quarter Marathon

Dash for Deaf Kids 5K/RunWalkSign!

Capital Area Heart Walk

Seize the Day 5K & Fun Run

Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Moving Day, A Walk for Parkinson’s

Walk MS

Hope Walk

Active for Autism 5K, Fun Walk & Family Fun Fest


Gourmet in the Garden



Cafeteria Wars

  • When: March 23
  • Where: The Creative Bloc
  • Benefitting: Three O’Clock Project
  • What to expect: Five local chefs are taking on the challenge of creating a USDA-compliant school lunch. Guests will vote on their favorites while enjoying cocktails and more.

Wine Walk at the Mound

Gourmet in the Garden

Clash of the Cooks: Jambalaya Showdown


Touch A Truck

  • When: March 21
  • Where: BREC State Fairgrounds
  • Benefitting: Junior League of Baton Rouge’s programs
  • What to expect: Kids can get up close and personal with trucks and machinery of all kinds, from fire trucks to helicopters to construction vehicles. The event even features special quiet hours to accommodate the needs of all children.

Pull For Kids: Blasting Out Cancer

  • When: March 27
  • Where: Bridgeview Gun Club
  • Benefitting: Pediatric oncology patients and families
  • What to expect: A clay shooting competition complete with lunch, an auction and more.

Fashion to the Rescue

  • When: March 28
  • Where: Perkins Rowe
  • Benefitting: Companion Animal Alliance
  • What to expect: A fashion show featuring adoptable dogs paired with models showcasing looks from Perkins Rowe retailers. This free event will also feature in-store discounts, pet adoptions and more.

Bunny Hop Brunch

Duck Derby

Denim Day: An Evening on the Runway

What fundraisers are you planning to attend this spring? Let us know down below.