The Riff Ridgel Crawfish CookOff Benefit has been established in Riff’s name and is dedicated to providing support to families and individuals in the local community whose lives have been impacted by a catastrophic accident or illness.

On August 14, 2010 at the age of 32, Riff Ridgel was injured in a tragic accident which resulted in him being a quadriplegic on vent support. Riff lives in Tickfaw where his parents along with close family members continue taking care of him full time. He is able to sip & puff to move his wheelchair around on his own which gives him some independence. Riff enjoys spending time with his family, especially his son, Tristin, who is now 6 years. Through the support & love of caring family, friends and even people he has never met, Riff has been able to lead a productive life.

Proceeds this year will go to:

  • Riff Ridgel
  • Jon-Michael Williams
  • James “Jamie” Maechling

  • Ronald Louis (Riff) Ridgel: Riff survived a tragic accident which left him paralyzed and on ventilator support. Proceeds go to offset his continuing out-of-pocket medical expenses.


  • Jon-Michael Williams:Jon-Michael was involved in a tragic accident at the age of 18 from which he suffered a traumatic brain injury. This injury left him unable to speak, walk or care for himself. He continues to have the strong will and determination he has always had. The family continues to hope for a full recovery. In the meantime, he requires constant care for the simple everyday tasks.
  • James “Jamie” Maechling:Jamie, at the age of two, suffered brain damage due to a high temperature as a result of measles and encephalitis. Years later, at the age of 50, Jamie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a form of Muscular Dystrophy. This is a progressive disease for which there is no cure. In 2013, he lost sight in both eyes as a result of glaucoma and has had to have both legs amputated below his knees. Now at the age of 59, he is able to take care of some of the everyday tasks, he still requires constant care.