Super Bowl festivities may have been a day away, but that did not stop over 350 people from starting the party a bit early, while helping needy families at the same time. New Hampshire Catholic Charities hosted its 7th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser on Saturday, February, 4, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire. The celebration benefited the NH Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Fund – raising over $90,000.
Attendees celebrated Mardi Gras with an evening of live music by The Boston Players, roaming entertainers, including stilt walker Tim McKenzie and saxophone player Mike Alberici, and dancing and festive Mardi Gras décor throughout the center. The Mardi Gras benefit featured Creole inspired cuisine from renowned Chef Trish Taylor. Proceeds from the event support families who come to Catholic Charities for aid with emergency fuel assistance, after home fires and natural disasters, and more.
Over 100 auction items were bid on, that included amazing trips to Hawaii, California, New Orleans, and Chicago, along with art work and a 46 inch flat screen TV. With sports on the minds of many attendees, several sets of Red Sox tickets, Celtics memorabilia, and a signed authentic field jersey of Patriots star receiver Wes Welker, highlighted the evening’s auction.
“Once again we were blessed with an amazing response from the community,” said Tom Blonski, President and CEO of NH Catholic Charities. “Every year I am in awe over the generosity of individuals and businesses alike. When families have no where else to turn and they come to Catholic Charities, it is the support of these generous people that brings hope those in crisis.”