Mardi Gras, a fund raising event for St. Joseph Catholic School in Paris held Saturday, should bring the school about $25,000, according to event chairperson Karey Sparks of Paris.
"We made $27,000 and our expenses usually run about $2,000," she said. "Last year, we had a record profit of $30,000 that went to the school. This year’s $25,000 is comparable to previous years."
This was the 12th year for the event.
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," she said.
The event took place at the First National Bank Community Center. Sparks said 230 tickets were sold for the event. The number of tickets sold and the amount of money raised make Mardis Gras one of the biggest events of its kind staged annually in the community.
Those attending took part in hor’dourves followed by dinner and later dancing. The Subiaco Academy Jazz Band entertained guests beginning at 6 p.m. A DJ played dance music after dinner.
This year, the menu included 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. The live auction brought in about $1,000 and the silent auction brought in about $12,000, Sparks said. The most expensive item in the silent auction was a set of tires, which sold for $670.