No masking a full night of fun as JA hosts Mardi Gras party
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:26 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Masks, beads, music, food and a good time to be had by all await those attending Junior Auxiliary of Obion County’s Mardi Gras party Saturday at the Hampton Centré.
The event will feature Burning Las Vegas, which is known around the Middle Tennessee region for its riveting and explosive performances. The group is Nashville’s foremost funk, rock, rhythm and blues soul band and features a blazing hot horn section and three powerful female vocalists.
Burning Las Vegas incorporates a chemistry and passion into their shows that invites the audience to participate. The common thread that brought the members of Burning Las Vegas together is a love and appreciation for the music and artists that they grew up with — artists like The Temptations, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sly and the Family Stone and Smokey Robinson. They perform music for the young and young at heart.
The Mardi Gras party is the Junior Auxiliary’s an-nual charity ball, which raises money for the organization’s projects. Each year, the women participate in the Adopt A Family program, provide new school dress-code approved clothing for underprivileged children and collect warm outerwear through the Coats for Kids program. They sponsor Spooktacular, a safe event at Halloween, and volunteer at the Obion County Public Library for its children’s programs. Each grading period, students who are members at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee in Union City are rewarded by the group for being on the honor roll at their respective schools.
Founded in Greenville, Miss., in 1941, the national organization is devoted to promoting and rendering charitable services which are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children.
“Primarily, Junior Aux-iliary was founded on the principles of helping children and making a difference in their lives. Our national focus theme addresses specific areas of concern to children and societal trends that affect the welfare of children and families. We believe this theme is a very universal need and appeals to everyone in our organization, most of whom are mothers and feel that contributing to the lives of young children is most definitely the way to create a better society,” member Cristina Grimm said.
In addition to a night of food and dancing, those in attendance will also have the opportunity to bid on items donated by area businesses and individuals.
A silent auction will begin at 7 p.m., when the doors open, and will close at 10. For the first time this year, there will also be a live auction. It will be held during the band’s first break.
Donations may also be made toward the chance of winning one of three baskets — one for a man, one for a woman and one for a little girl.
The evening’s event will wrap up at midnight. The cost is $150 per couple or $650 per table.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Tammy Allen at 431-6704 or Jamie Pardue at 446-0421. They may also be purchased at the door.
Published in The Messenger 3.16.11