Mardi Gras, a fund raising event for St. Joseph Catholic School in Paris, will take place Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. at the First National Bank Community Center. Organizers are expecting a crowd of over 200 guests, which makes the event one of the biggest of its kind staged annually in the community.
This is the 12th year for the event and all tickets have been sold, according to Karey Sparks, event chairperson. "Getting tickets is possible if someone cancels and you’re on the waiting list," Sparks said.
Sparks leads a group of between 20 to 30 volunteers who put on the event.
Hor’dourves will be served beginning at six, followed by dinner and later dancing. There will also be silent and live auctions of donated items. The Subiaco Academy Jazz Band will entertain guests beginning at 6 p.m. A DJ will play dance music after dinner.
This year, the menu includes Cajun grilled chicken, jambalaya, seasoned corn, salad, dessert and drinks.
Items for the silent and live auctions were contributed by more than 200 donors, Sparks said. One of the items Sparks mentioned was a hand-blown glass bowl contributed by an artist from Atlanta.
The event typically raises between $20,000 and $30,000 for the school, Sparks said.
"The money goes into the St. Joseph general operating fund," Sparks said. "They can use it to cover expenses, purchase computers or text books or anything else they need."
Getting the Community Center ready for the event is a week-long process, Sparks said. Decorations started going up Monday.