Mardi Gras gala hits all the right notes

Published 8:32 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

Leo and Lisa Visser of KW Plastics know Mardi Gras. Visser, a native of New Orleans, said Saturday’s Mardi Gras ball hit all of the right notes.

“I have to say, they do a pretty decent job,” she said.

The numbers aren’t in yet, but Catherine Jordan and Chrissy Pinckard agree that this year’s Mardi Gras Gala was a hit.

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Funds from the annual event covers the activities offered at the Colley Senior Complex, including everything from day trips to the new chess class.

“We just want to thank everyone who purchased a ticket,” said Jordan. “Particularly, the corporate sponsors who went the extra mile.”

The festivities included a few new offerings like the Phantom Photo Booth where photographer Beth Milton photographed and printed photos on-site.

“We decided to make it more New Orleans,” Jordan said.

And that meant fun and games at every turn.

Another addition was the Carnival Cork Pull, which was sponsored by Sips on the Square. For a $20 donation, guests pulled a cork and won a bottle of wine.

Rather than the traditional silent auction, this year’s ball featured “Bourbon Street Bust” where guests popped balloons and took home prizes donated by local businesses.

Pinckard enjoyed seeing such a diverse group having fun.

“It was a great mix of all ages,” she said. “It was fabulous. We had so much fun. It was wonderful.”

High on Jordan’s list of praise were volunteers who donated decorations and spent hours setting up and working the event.

“We just thank everyone for everything they did,” she said. “All these people worked countless hours without pay. Thanks to everyone who helped.”

Now that the good times have rolled, the work continues.

Jordan said the group has already started planning next year’s gala.

To pitch in and help, contact Jordan at the Colley Center, 808-8500.