Gala fun on tap

Published 3:00 am Friday, February 5, 2016

The odds of winning the billion-dollar lottery were 1 in 292 million. The chances of winning the Jeep Wrangler at the Colley Senior Complex Mardi Gras Gala Saturday night are 1 in 300. The odds are good but time is running out to purchase a ticket for the drawdown and fewer than 30 tickets are left.

“We don’t want anyone to miss their chance at this really great jeep,”

said Catherine Jordan, director of the Colley Senior Complex. “It’s a 2004 Jeep Wrangler with a hardtop and a soft-top. It has a CD and big tires and it’s bright red. Somebody will get to drive the jeep home from the Mardi Gras Gala Saturday night.”

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Jordan said the drawdown for the Jeep Wrangler will be around 10 p.m. and the winner will be notified.

“If the winner is not at the Gala, we’ll give him or her a call and hopefully, they’ll come get it and drive it home,” Jordan said.

However, odds are that the winner will be at the Gala.

“Cattleman Park will be filled to capacity,” Jordan said. “All of the tables have been sold and we won’t have any tickets at the door. We are sold out.”

The annual Mardi Gras Gala is the largest fundraiser for the Colley Senior Complex.

“The Colley Senior Complex Foundation and everyone associated with the Colley Senior Complex wants to thank all of those who support the senior complex and the senior adults in our area,” Jordan said. “We are so appreciative of the support that makes it possible for us to continue to offer a wide variety of quality programs for our senior adults.

“We are looking forward to a great gala event. The Foundation is bringing New Orleans to Troy. We’ll have a New Orleans cuisine, an outstanding band — 1st Generation from Atlanta — and wonderful fellowship. It will be a gala event.”

Jordan said the funds raised will be used for programs and activities at the Colley Senior Complex.

“Our mission is to provide comprehensive, quality programs that are tailored to meet the interests of adults 50 years and older,” Jordan said. “The center offers a variety of classes, from health and fitness classes to artistic programs to auxiliary programs. Participation is free.”

The funds raised by the Gala will help fund classes and programs, purchase supplies, support trips and provide food and refreshments for special occasions and events.

Tickets for the jeep drawdown are $100 each and are available at the Colley Senior Complex on Elm Street in Troy or by calling 334-808-8500.