GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony, regional multi-arts center will host its second annual Mardi Gras Night fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, at the Gallipolis Elks Lodge. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The evening will feature live, acoustic jazz performed by Jenny Walker, Mark Ward and Saxophonist Whitney Hess of the Magic Mama Band. Musician Sunny Sundquist will also entertain during the evening’s festivities.
A highlight of the event will be the silent auction, featuring more than 80 bid items donated by local residents and regional businesses, totaling more than $19,000. Bid items include eight vacations, including destinations such as Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Emerald Isle, Put-In-Bay, Snowshoe and more. Additional bid items include antiques, furniture, original art, collectibles, gift certificates and home decor, as well as other items.
Guests will enjoy New Orleans-style appetizers and cash bar will be available.
The event committee has created unique decorations to transform the event hall into Mardi Gras, complete with colorful beads, giant masks, street lamps, etc. Joseph Wright, FAC Executive Director explains the event is a team effort.
“A large group of volunteers have worked for weeks ensuring every aspect of this event is spectacular and will delight the senses,” Wright said.
Mardi Gras Night is a crucial fundraiser for the French Art Colony. The struggling economy, cuts in government funding and limited grant funding have created significant challenges for the French Art Colony. Fundraisers such as this make it possible for the non-profit organization to continue to meet the multi-arts needs of the community, including educational outreach programming, the Riverby Theater Guild program, in-house classes and workshops, gallery exhibits, community events and more.
Tickets for the FAC’s Mardi Gras Night may be purchased in advance at the French Art Colony, 530 1st Avenue, in Gallipolis, Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door, as supplies last. Quantities are limited. For more information call 740-446-3834.