Just as we would expect in South Louisiana, a number of people are already banding together to help the family of fallen Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent, who was gunned down this past weekend.

Before we get started, though -- let's take a moment to remind one another that not everyone who wants to collect money for people in a time of tragedy do so for the right reasons. Be very careful about handing out money. Sad, we know -- but it's worth remembering. We feel confident about the events and benefits listed below.

Seven-Slot Society Benefit Fundraiser


The Seven Slot Society, a Lake Charles-area Jeep Club, has put together a fundraiser to help the Vincent family.

The club has organized a day of live music, raffles, live auction and concessions, beginning at Noon on Sunday, August 30 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Members of the Seven Slot Society of Lake Charles "standing watch" outside of the hospital where Trooper Vincent was taken after the shooting. (Facebook)

The event will be family-friendly, and all are invited.  Bring lawn chairs, bring the kids, bring the neighbors: spend the day supporting the family of Trooper Steven Vincent.

Several Jeep owners across Acadiana abd Southwest Louisiana have already expressed interest in attending the event.

For information about volunteering or making a donation, contact the Seven Slot Society on Facebook or email sevenslotsociteyofswla@gmail.com

While at the Seven Slots benefit, Mr. Gatti's Pizza truck will also be on location donating 100% of their sales at benefit to the Vincent family.


Louisiana State Trooper's Association Charities

You can help to benefit, not only the Vincent family, but the families of ALL fallen State Troopers by making a direct donation to the Louisiana Troopers Charities. The charityis a 501 (c3) corporation, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Mail a direct donation to:

Louisiana Troopers Charities
c/o Louisiana State Trooper Association
8120 Jefferson Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Or, you call (225) 928-2000.

Blue Lights for Steven Vincent

Another way to show your support is to install blue light bulbs on your porch. A Facebook group called Blue Lights for State Trooper Steven Vincent is asking all South Louisiana residents to show their support on Aug. 31 by lighting up the night with blue.

Lake Charles Sonic Locations to Donate on Aug. 31

Sonic locations in Lake Charles have agreed to give 15% of their sales to the Vincent family from all purchases made between 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 31.

On Monday, August 31st 15% of our sales from all 6 locations in Lake Charles from 4pm-8pm will be donated to help Steven...

Posted by Sonic Drive In of Lake Charles on Monday, August 24, 2015

Blue Friday Fundraiser -- Friday, Aug. 28

KPLC-TV and Mattress Joe are holding a benefit fund drive at four locations across Lake Charles on Friday, Aug. 28.

The drives will be held at all locations from 6-8 a.m. and then again from 5-6:30 p.m. at:

  • Mattress Joe / New Look Furniture, 1115 N. Martin Luther King Hwy. in Lake Charles
  • Mattress Joe / Prien Lake Mall, Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles
  • Mattress Joe in Sulphur, 325 N. Cities Service Hwy, next to Walmart
  • Iowa City Park behind Iowa City Hall, LA. 101

All proceeds will be given to the Louisiana Troopers Charities.