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Gyth Rigdon to perform at Cowboys Country Fest

McNeese State University has created something cutting edge that is designed to enhance student and community engagement. The first step took place when they combined McNeese Athletics with the McNeese Foundation to form the McNeese Athletic Foundation. This unification of athletics and academia bridges a divide found in educational institutions at every level and allows MAF to do some major vision casting for the university.

The first vision casted by MAF is an annual music festival held inside Cowboy Stadium. Cowboys Country Fest 2021 is a hurricane relief concert in Cowboy Stadium that will feature several local and regional artists and ending with fireworks.

Lake Charles Toyota has partnered with MAF to sponsor the evening’s fireworks as well as the Toyota Tailgate leading up to the stadium gates opening to kick off the festival.

The Toyota Tailgate @ Cowboys Country Fest will be held in the McNeese Alumni Pavilion and begins Friday, July 2nd at 5PM. Lake Charles Toyota is providing free food, fun jumps, and a great lineup of entertainers including Dr. Errol Wilder, Clay Cormier and the Highway Boys, and Gyth Rigdon! The fun continues Saturday morning, July 3rd with Brad Brinkley, Young Band Nation, Rosedale Rockers and Zydecane.

Cowboys Country Fest will be held on Saturday, July 3, beginning at 2 p.m. with the Charlie Wayne Band. Johnny Jimenez will follow at 3, Caden Gillard at 4, Parish County Line at 5, Frank Foster at 6 and Nashville recording artist Drake White at 8. White’s hit song “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” climbed the Billboard charts in late 2016.
The Lake Charles Toyota fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.
McNeese students get in the Toyota Tailgate for FREE with a current student ID. Tickets are available online at No ticket required for children 6 and under.
The main stage will be set up at the 50-yard line facing the west side. Tickets range from $75-$100 for seats in the west side bleachers. Floor seats in front of the stage will be $250 and will include a MAF membership worth $150 for the 2021-22 year. VIP tents and, a tailgate stage, food and other vendors will be available as well.
To join the MAF or for more information, contact Clerc Bertrand at
2021 Toyota Tailgate Lineup • Friday, July 2, 2021 • McNeese Alumni Pavilion
5–6 p.m. – Dr Errol Wilder
6:30-8 p.m. – Clay Cormier and the Highway Boys
8:30-10 p.m. – Gyth Rigdon

2021 Toyota Tailgate Lineup • Saturday, July 3, 2021 • McNeese Alumni Pavilion
10-11 a.m. – Brad Brinkley
11-12 a.m. – Young Band Nation

2021 Cowboys Country Fest Lineup • Saturday, July 3, 2021 • Cowboy Stadium
2-2:45 p.m. – Charlie Wayne Band
3-3:45 p.m. – Johnny Jimenez
4-4:45 p.m. – Caden Gillard
5-5:45 p.m. – Parish County Line
6-7:30 p.m. – Frank Foster
8-9 p.m. – Drake White
9 p.m. – Fireworks Show

Sara Jolie Named the April 2021 Class Act

“Sara Jolie is a librarian at Sam Houston High School. She is so much more than that! Her library is truly the HEART of the school. Because of an increase in challenges in the student body associated with suicide, and other issues that threaten the mental health and stability of our teens, Ms. Jolie has partnered with the McNeese Psychology Department to create a thriving “clinic” to help meet the needs of students. This is an INVALUABLE service and needs to be recognized by the district and community as a Class Act.” Carolyn Thomas

Lake Charles Toyota is proud to partner with KPLC to spotlight the best educators in Southwest Louisiana. Nominations are gathered through where they are evaluated and chosen by a panel of KPLC employees. The inscription on the Class Act award reads, “In recognition of Southwest Louisiana’s most dedicated and talented educators. Lake Charles Toyota believes in education and the opportunities it affords students to change their trajectory and achieve the impossible. We proudly spotlight the work you do in the classroom. You’re a Class Act!”

Louisiana Highway Safety Commission certified inspectors

Child Seat Inspection Helps 22 Lake Area Families

Over the weekend, the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force, in cooperation with Louisiana State Police Troop D and Lake Charles Toyota, provided a free child passenger safety seat check event in Lake Charles. The free child safety seat inspections were conducted by nationally certified child passenger safety seat technicians who assisted with proper installation and answered many questions while following COVID safety protocols.

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Check presentation from Walmart to DeWanna's Community Closet

Walmart awards grant to DeWanna’s Community Closet

Walmart Inc. acknowledges the impact of the non-profit to an education restart initiative.

DeWanna Tarver received a $20,000 grant on behalf of DeWanna’s Community Closet from Walmart Inc. These funds are issued to help Calcasieu Parish Public School students restart and return to the education they pursued prior to Hurricanes Laura and Delta. The grant is a portion of $2.5 million in cash and product that Walmart committed to Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas this past September. “Our hearts go out to those affected, and we gladly leverage our resources to assist where needed.” Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart Inc. “Our local Walmart stores have been wonderful partners to the closet and we proudly add Walmart Inc, to the list of generous donors who have so graciously invested in our mission,” DeWanna Tarver.

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CyPhaCon esports in 2019

What’s going on with Scion Esports in 2021

We’re a little less visible maybe, but definitely not dormant.

The COVID pandemic, back-to-back hurricanes Laura and Delta, and back-to-back ice storms Uri and Viola have definitely taken their toll on us, but don’t worry, we’re still in the fight. Scion Esports still in the process of rebuilding and upgrading our hardware, and cultivating a thriving streaming presence while planning our return to live events for Lake Charles. Here’s a few bullet points on what has been going on and is currently going on with Scion Esports in 2021:

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Cheyanna Glyenn and Kay Barnett from the Christus Ochsner Southwester Louisiana Foundation with Corey Tarver of Lake Charles Toyota standing by a 2021 Toyota RAV4

Christus Ochsner Foundation to Raffle 2021 Rav4

The Green Hat Charity Fun Run/Walk/Crawl/Drive, the COVID Edition benefits Women’s Birthing Services at Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital. The deadline to purchase a ticket for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 raffle is March 30, 2021.

“Last year, we eagerly anticipated our third annual Green Hat Fun Run/Walk/ Crawl and Cook-off Event; however, due to COVID-19, our efforts were postponed,” said Cheyanna Glyenn, Children’s Miracle Network and Events Director, Christus Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation. “With the new norm of social distancing and masking, we are excited to host the third annual Green Hat Fun Run/Walk/Crawl/Drive, the COVID Edition.”

Participants can purchase a raffle ticket for the RAV4 through March 30 for $50. A Green hat entry is not required.

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Runners sprinting on a track

LaGrange to host 2021 Lake Charles Toyota Gator Relays

LaGrange High School will once again host the annual Lake Charles Toyota Gator Relays track event. Coach Marcus Leblanc says, “I’ve been the head track coach at LaGrange for the past twelve years and Lake Charles Toyota has always provided for our program”. The event features over 100 athletes from the surrounding areas of Calcasieu, Vernon, Beauregard, Acadiana, and Jeff Davis Parishes and also a Texas team or two.

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Happy mechanic with a vehicle in the background

Lake Charles Toyota Contributes Scholarship to the SOWELA School of Transportation

How Lake Charles Toyota is Helping Students Enrolled at SOWELA

At Lake Charles Toyota, we wish to help students chasing a career in the automotive industry achieve their goal. We are proud to announce that the Lake Charles Toyota team has recently contributed a $5,000 scholarship to the local SOWELA School of Transportation for students enrolled in the Automotive Maintenance Technology program!

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