If you’ve been considering a trip New Orleans for Mardi Gras next week, don’t bother. You can celebrate right here in the Golden Triangle and help a great cause.
Mardi Gras revelry will peak in West Point this year when volunteers from the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter throw their second annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Tickets are now on sale for the event which will be held from 6 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, February 18, at the newly remodeled Community Counseling facility located on the campus which formerly housed the Mary Holmes Junior College cafeteria. Marie, Judy and I will be there with bells on.
“Last year we celebrated with a tremendously successful wine-tasting event at the Civic as a fundraiser for the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter,” said Frank Portera, chairman of the project. “This year promises to be much bigger and much better. It will be held in the cafeteria at the Community Counseling facilities which has recently undergone a major face lift.
“All proceeds will benefit the “no-kill” animal shelter which is entirely privately funded,” said Portera. “We are completely full right now and according to our agreement with the city and county we are obligated to take all the strays they bring to us. Without adoptive parents, this means, until space is available, we may have to occasionally turn away private surrenders.
“We’re desperately in need of adoptive families right now, as well as volunteers,” he added. “We feel the party will give us the exposure and funds necessary to ensure we can continue to serve the county and provide for neglected and homeless animals.”
Four major wine companies will present their wares along with two beer distributors who will present specialty craft beers during a reception from 6 – 9 p.m. Beginning at 9 p.m., dancing to the music of Butch Luke will begin. During this time, a cash bar will be provided.
“True to the Mardi Gras tradition, good food will be provided throughout the entire evening, and there will be door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds, including tips for our volunteer bartenders, will go to the West Point Clay County Animal,” he said.
We are offering corporate tables for $300 per table; this includes a reserved table with 8 tickets and your sponsorship advertised on the table. We are also offering a limited amount of reserved tables for parties of 8 for $200.
“We hope the entire community will step up and help support this worthy cause,” Portera said. “Tickets are $25 per person, and one ticket purchase will help feed an animal for several weeks. They desperately need your help. Let’s make this the party of the year for the Golden Triangle!”
Portera noted that a 10-K fun will be conducted earlier in the day. It is being organized by Robbie Robinson.
Tickets are available at the Animal Shelter located at 1212 Old Tibbee Road, Frank’s Package Store, Coon Tattoo, Annabelle’s Antiques, Culin-Arts, and The Smokestack, all in West Point.
Committee members who are also selling tickets include Jane Edward Scott, Robbie Robinson, Robin Foster, Tommy Bryan, Patricia Harris, Bernard Rowe, and Rita Young at Advantage Financial in the Little Woods Shopping Center in Columbus.
Call 662-494-5725 for more information.