2007-09-27 / Island Life

October Mardi Gras offers food, fantasies

Whether you want a free round of golf or a wave-riding lesson from a champion surfer, the Mardi Gras in October celebration will be the place to go on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Port Aransas Civic Center.

The Port Aransas Education Foundation will auction off a round of golf at Padre Isles Country Club, a week of lessons at a surf camp run by champion Port Aransas surfer Morgan Faulkner and many other items and services during Mardi Gras in October.

The event, which will feature a Cajun boil and live music, will help the education foundation raise money for grants to Port Aransas schools. Festivities will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition to the surf lessons and round of golf, silent and Chinese auctions at Mardi Gras will offer two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines to any city where the airline flies. (That covers most of the United States but doesn't go beyond the U.S.)

Also being auctioned: A fishing trip in Costa Rica; a tour of the USS Blackhawk, a minesweeper vessel at Naval Station Ingleside; and more.

The education foundation still is collecting prizes for the auctions. To donate something, contact Michelle Sowers at 749-3607 or sowers@centurytel.net.

Admission to Mardi Gras in October will be $25 apiece or $500 for a table of 10. Student food tickets will be $10.

Tickets are available at Whitten Real Estate, Family Center IGA and First American Title or at the door, as available.

There will be a cash bar.

Established last year, the Port Aransas Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money to award grants for programs and items that aren't funded in school budgets for one reason or another.

Last year, the foundation awarded more than $21,000 in grants to the Port Aransas Independent School District.

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