Mardi Gras Gala season begins at Colley Complex
Published 3:00 am Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Things are gearing up for the Colley Senior Complex 2016 Mardi Gras Gala from 7 until 11 p.m. Feb. 6 at Cattleman Park.
Catherine Jordan, director of the Troy senior center, said the Mardi Gras Gala is the only fundraiser for the Colley Senior Complex.
“In the past, we have had other fundraisers but the Gala works for us,” Jordan said. “It’s an exciting and festive event and one that the community really supports. The Gala is the only event in our area with the flavor of Mardi Gras. It brings us together as a community, and it’s loads of fun.”
Tickets are on sale at the Colley Senior Complex, 715 Elm St., for reserved seating and individual admission. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Corporate tables are $1,200. Reserved tables are $500 and individual tickets are $50.
Seating for the corporate tables is 10 and for reserved seating is eight.
“The corporate tables are included in all advertising for the event and all of those seated at the corporate tables receive an array of Mardi Gras souvenirs,” Jordan said. “Those at the reserved tables are guaranteed to be able to sit with their friends. Both the corporate tables and the reserved tables are located near the dance floor.”
And near the dance floor is the place to be because the First Generation Band from Atlanta is back for the third year by popular demand.
“The Foundation Board had talked about getting another band but so many people said they wanted First Generation back,” Jordan said. “We are excited to announced that First Generation will be back.”
Catering for the Mardi Gras Gala will, once again, be by Tammy Griffin and A Catered Affair.
“Of course, it’s Mardi Gras time and Cajun cuisine will be featured,” Jordan said. “We’ll have shrimp, oysters and crab boil, but we’ll also have chicken, ham and roast beef – something for everyone. The corporate tables will also have hors d’ oeuvres served to them.”
As the gala-goers enter the doors, they will be given Mardi Gras beads and masks to make the evening more festive and more fun.
A featured event of the Gala will be the drawdown for the 2004 Jeep Wrangler.
The jeep has an automatic transmission, a hard top and a soft top, an AM-FM radio and a CD player.
Tickets for the jeep drawdown are $100.
“The Mars Gras Gala is our only fundraiser and it provides support for the many programs the senior center offers free to our members,” Jordan said. “We appreciate the strong support that we get from the community for the Gala. We understand that the money people spend on the Mardi Gras Gala could be spent in other ways. We thank the community for supporting our senior adults. We have a growing number of senior adults and they need something to do. And, at the Colley Senior Complex, we provide them with a variety of entertainment and educational options year round.”
Ticket for the Mardi Gras Gala and the jeep drawdown are available at the Colley Senior Complex on Elm Street in Troy.