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Saints’ Payton part of Trynd grand opening

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is coming to Lafayette’s Trynd restaurant downtown for a celebration and benefit for his Play It Forward Foundation.

Trynd Ristorante/Boutique Lounge, restaurateur Nidal Balbeisi’s latest addition to the Lafayette dining scene, is hosting the charity event Saturday, March 19, as part of its grand opening celebration. “The Trynd of Giving,” headlined by Payton, is co-presented by Sterling Automotive Group and also benefits Feed the Children and ProtectOurCoastline.org. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Trynd, 116 E. Vermilion St.

“To be able to open Trynd in a way that gives back to the community and helps so many Louisiana residents is a proud moment for myself and my family,” Balbeisi says. “March 19th is going to be a tremendous night, and I know the generous people of southwest Louisiana will support this event and make it an unbelievable success.”

Tickets are $125 per person; several sponsorships are available and donations are for the silent auction are still being collected.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Nicole Hackmann at 962-2258 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . — Leslie Turk

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