Mardi Gras Gala set for Saturday

Published 8:26 am Friday, February 3, 2012

Party people all around the county and beyond are pulling out their masquerade masks, feather boas, colorful beads, capes and doubloons and other “costume de rigor” for the Mardi Gras Gala and Ball at Cattleman Park Saturday night.

The annual Mardi Gras Gala is sponsored by the Troy Seniors Foundation and is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year.

“The Troy Senior Foundation/Colley Senior Complex is funded 100 percent from donations and fundraisers,” said Janet Motes, Colley Senior Complex director. ‘So the Mardi Gras Gala and Ball is extremely important to the continued success of our programs.”

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The Mardi Gras Gala is a festive event and everyone is invited to join the fun and frolic.

Motes said the dinner menu has five-star quality.

“On the menu is shrimp, prime rib, grilled and fried chicken and shrimp, shrimp and grits, red beans and rice and bread pudding,” Motes said. “We’ll also have an olive and cheese bar.”

A centerpiece for the dining area will be a Mardi Gras mask made from cupcakes.

Dinner, dancing to the music of Johnny Barron and Waterfall and the merriment that is synonymous with Mardi Gras make the annual fundraising event one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.

“The silent auction adds a lot of fun and excitement to the Mardi Gras Gala,” Motes said. “We have great items donated to the auction and there will be a lot of friendly bidding going on and many bids won’t be won until the very last second.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bidding will begin as soon as the doors open and end promptly at 10 p.m.

“We have 110 items donated to the silent auction from local merchants, artists and individuals,” Motes said. “Dr. Benjamin Ji donated a professional whitening. Mary Ann Casey donated a Madonna and Child painting; Phoebe Porter, a watercolor; Walter Black, pottery; and Sergei Shillabeer has donated a painting.”

For the sports’ fan, up for bid will be a football autographed by Nick Saban and memorabilia from Troy, Alabama and Auburn universities, including stained glass by Betty Minton.

“We also have a luxury box donated for a Montgomery Biscuits game,” Motes said.

Several luncheons and meals will be awarded to the highest bidder, including a wild game supper prepared by Gus King, a garden party for 10 by Jane Seagars, a luncheon for 12 by Frances Davis and Carla Telfair and a family Italian-style dinner for six by Matt Baker.

“We also have about 10 pieces of artwork by local artists, gift baskets by local merchants and a variety of gift certificates.”

The doors to the Mardi Gras Gala open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door.

“We hope everyone will come out and support our Senior Foundation and enjoy a night of food, fun and fellowship,” Motes said.