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Colley Complex enjoys successful Mardi Gras Gala

For a short while, the fun and laughter at the 2018 Mardi Gras Ball Saturday night subsided. As the names in the $10,000 drawdown were called, times were tense, down to the last five names.

“At that time, those that were holding those five tickets were given the option of stopping the drawdown and splitting the money,” said Catherine Jordan, director of the sponsoring Colley Senior Complex. “The majority rules, so those five tickets holders split the $10,000 with each of them getting $2,000. Congratulations went to Lou Emma Green, Beth Milton, Senior Girls Trip, June Kendrick and Escherika Williams.”

And it was congratulations all around for yet another successful Mardi Gras Ball, which is an annul fundraiser for the Colley Senior Complex in Troy.

“The success of the Mardi Gras Gala belongs to the community,” Jordan said. “The Colley Senior Complex sits on the shoulders of our community. It takes all of us working together to make this event successful – our Foundation Board, our mayor and city council and our senior center and community volunteers. We want everyone to have a good time and we want everybody to be safe so we depend on our police and fire departments and the Double Branch for providing their buses. We appreciate everyone who had a part in making the 2018 Mardi Gras Gala a success.”

Jordan said the annual gala is an opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to come together for a time of fellowship, fun and fundraising.

“Everyone came together in support of our senior adults and of the Colley Senior Complex,” Jordan said. “All of the funds raised by the gala will support the different programs and activities at the center. The funds could be used to buy art supplies and maybe the food for our movie and lunch events, just a number of things.”

Jordan has designed a portion of the funds raised to the purchase of a new piano for the center.

“Our music class has grown and continues to grow,” Jordan said. “Jim Wadowick is our instructor and I know he will be so excited when he walks in one day to find a new piano. Now, it won’t be a baby grand but it will be brand new. This is one need that we have that will be filled, thanks to the gala.”

Jordan said the Colley Senior Complex currently has bout 50 different programs available.

“We have between 800 and 1,000 seniors who participated in those programs each month,” she said. “Some come for only one activity but most come for several programs and/or activities. Some of our seniors come twice in one day. They might come for exercise in the morning and be back in the afternoon for a card game.”

Jordan said those ages 50 and over and those with physical limitations are eligible to participate in the programs and activities at the Colley Senior Complex.

For more information, visit the complex on Elm Street in Troy or call 334-808-8500.