Set for March 1 from 7 to 11:30 p.m., the 21-and-older event will be held at Stonewall Manor, 104 Stonewall St. in Cartersville.
“Its overall appeal is an evening out with great entertainment … a place to dance and [an opportunity to] just have a good time,” said Brenda Worley, a member of Church of the Ascension’s vestry and outreach committee. “… We certainly [would] like for it to grow and [for] more of the community outside the membership of the church to attend. We’ve had fairly good representation, but we’d really like for the word to get out there that it’s a great event.”
Along with music provided by DJ Nunzio Cheverez of Next Page Event Services, the Mardi Gras Party also will feature catered food, bar, dancing and an auction. If tickets are purchased in advance, individuals will obtain admission to Friday night dance lessons prior to the benefit. Tickets — which will cover admission, two drink vouchers and food — will be $50 Feb. 16 and after. Prior to Feb. 16, people will receive a $10 discount by using a coupon found online at www.ascensioncartersville.org.
With this year’s event, Worley said the Episcopal church is trying to raise at least $5,000. In 2013, the benefit generated more than $4,000. The majority of the Mardi Gras Party’s proceeds will go toward the church’s food pantry.
After forming a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank in October 2013, the food pantry has increased its level of service.
“[The partnership] has been wonderful,” said Tiffany Tindall, outreach ministry chairperson for Church of the Ascension. “We went from offering food to 75 families a week to 120 families a week, and we have not increased the amount that we spend at all. As a matter of fact, we’ve saved a little bit and it’s allowed us to have more options. We’re offering healthier food. … We went from being open one day a week on Wednesdays 9 to 11 [a.m.] and now we’re open two days a week. So we’re open Tuesday evenings 5:30 to 7:30 and then we’re open again Wednesday mornings 9 to 11.
“… The Mardi Gras Party is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It allows us to expand. It helps us raise the money that we use to purchase the food. So we always … try to raise as much as we can to help out the people in the community who need help, and it’s a lot of fun.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ascensioncartersville.org or call 770-382-8758. Tickets also are available at the church, 205 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville.