2009-10-08 / Island Life

Mardi Gras Spirit

Event raised record money for schools
BY DAN PARKER dan@portasouthjetty.com

Merriment Clockwise, from left: A crowd fills the Civic Center for Mardi Gras; Pete Hartje, half of the Alias Hart and Jones band plucks at his bass; Mac Owens displays some cold cash on a hot night; from left, Michelle Sowers and Delana Littleton celebrate after Littleton won a plane trip anywhere in the continental U.S.; and folks browse the prizes that were to be awarded in drawings. Merriment Clockwise, from left: A crowd fills the Civic Center for Mardi Gras; Pete Hartje, half of the Alias Hart and Jones band plucks at his bass; Mac Owens displays some cold cash on a hot night; from left, Michelle Sowers and Delana Littleton celebrate after Littleton won a plane trip anywhere in the continental U.S.; and folks browse the prizes that were to be awarded in drawings. The Port Aransas Education Foundation set a new record with the third annual Mardi Gras in October fundraiser it held at the Civic Center on Friday, Oct. 2.

Preliminary numbers indicate that about $60,000 was raised, according to Janice Roberts, president of the foundation. That amount would top the previous record of $52,000 raised at last year’s Mardi Gras.

“We were once again overwhelmed by the generosity of the community,” Roberts said of this year’s party.

Before the event took place, foundation members worried a little that the amount raised by this year’s Mardi Gras might end up being about the same as last year or even decrease, due to the economy.

Staff photos by Dan Parker Staff photos by Dan Parker But folks partied hard and spent big at this year’s event, all for the cause of raising money for Port Aransas schools.

“We’re excited that our supporters continue to have confidence in us, and we’ll continue to work toward our goals of supporting an excellent school district,” Roberts said.

Nearly all of the money raised will go to grants to be awarded this spring, she said.


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