2008-09-11 / Island Life

Mardi Gras!

Event to benefit Port Aransas schools
BY DAN PARKER SOUTH JETTY REPORTER

Big prizes STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER Members of the Port Aransas Education Foundation (PAEF) Board of Directors show some of the prizes folks can win in drawings and silent auctions at the upcoming Mardi Gras in October celebration. The event will be Friday, Oct. 3, at the Port Aransas Civic Center. Proceeds will enable PAEF to provide grants to Port Aransas schools. From left: Greg Villasana, Vanessa Brundrett, Janice Roberts, Jay Kenigsberg, Wendy Moore, Michelle Sowers, Mike Hall and Addie Belcher. Big prizes STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER Members of the Port Aransas Education Foundation (PAEF) Board of Directors show some of the prizes folks can win in drawings and silent auctions at the upcoming Mardi Gras in October celebration. The event will be Friday, Oct. 3, at the Port Aransas Civic Center. Proceeds will enable PAEF to provide grants to Port Aransas schools. From left: Greg Villasana, Vanessa Brundrett, Janice Roberts, Jay Kenigsberg, Wendy Moore, Michelle Sowers, Mike Hall and Addie Belcher. If you go to the Mardi Gras in October celebration, you won't just be enjoying a shrimp boil, live music and the opportunity to win some cool prizes.

By paying your way into the event and taking part in silent auctions and drawings there, you'll also be helping fund grants meant to improve educational opportunities at Port Aransas schools.

Mardi Gras in October, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Port Aransas Civic Center, is conducted by the Port Aransas Education Foundation (PAEF).

All 24 reserved tables for guests have been sold out. However, tickets for individuals are available for $35 each at First American Title, 200 S. Alister St., Suite B; Whitten Real Estate, 136 Cut-off Road; and the Family Center IGA, 416 S. Alister St. Ticket prices are the same for adults and children.

Some 160 tickets were available at press time on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Port Aransas High School cheerleaders will provide babysitting at the Port Aransas High School gym, where activities will include face painting and Cuddles the Clown. Cost of babysitting is $35 for the first child, then $10 for each additional sibling. Money raised by babysitting will benefit the cheerleaders' organization.

Formed in 2006, PAEF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to award grants to Port Aransas schools for educationally enriching programs and items not funded in school budgets.

In the latest round of grants, conducted in April, PAEF awarded schools with 29 grants totaling more than $48,000. That paid for teacher training, computer equipment and software, educational field trips, library books and more.

PAEF is asking Port Aransas individuals, organizations and businesses to donate items toward the Mardi Gras silent auction or raffle.

Folks interested in donating should contact PAEF President Janice Roberts at 749-7126.

This year's Mardi Gras in October is sponsored by the Clark family of Port Aransas and Mark Grosse Real Estate.

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