2008-10-09 / Island Life

Partying down, ponying up

Foundation raises money with Mardi Gras in October
STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAN PARKER SOUTH JETTY REPORTER

They ate, they drank, they were merry and they raised big bucks for the cause of educating Port Aransas children.

More than 300 folks partied at Mardi Gras in October, a fundraiser held by the Port Aransas Education Foundation on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Port Aransas Civic Center. The event grossed about $51,000, with about $47,000 of that going to the education foundation, which will spend most of the money on Port Aransas schools, said Janice Roberts, president of the education foundation.

The education foundation is a non-profit group that awards grants for materials and programs not funded by school budgets.

Attendance at the Mardi Gras was slightly higher than at last year's inaugural event.

"We are overwhelmed once again by the community support," Roberts said. "Without the community support, we wouldn't be able to raise the funds we've been able to."

Revelers contributed not just by paying admission but also by taking part in drawings and silent auctions at the event.

Some of the biggest wins of the night included a fishing trip on a charter boat in Costa Rica; two round-trip tickets to any location where Southwest Airlines flies (that extends to nearly all parts of the continental United States); and one year of free green fees at the Newport Dunes Golf Club.

Scenes from the Mardi Gras Clockwise, from top: A crowd of more than 300 dines at the Port Aransas Civic Center; a stilt walker hands school board member Ann Appling a string of beads; Nancy and Marc Teller, left, and DeLana and Melvin Littleton dance to live music; Jake Roberts, 12, keeps folks guessing about his identity; and Patricia Worsham. left, celebrates winning a big prize as Port Aransas Education Foundation President Janice Roberts and board member Julie Shodrok congratulate her. Scenes from the Mardi Gras Clockwise, from top: A crowd of more than 300 dines at the Port Aransas Civic Center; a stilt walker hands school board member Ann Appling a string of beads; Nancy and Marc Teller, left, and DeLana and Melvin Littleton dance to live music; Jake Roberts, 12, keeps folks guessing about his identity; and Patricia Worsham. left, celebrates winning a big prize as Port Aransas Education Foundation President Janice Roberts and board member Julie Shodrok congratulate her. Everyone enjoyed a Cajun-style shrimp boil served by school administrators and live music played by Alias Hart and Jones (the band donated its time, by the way).

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

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