GALLIPOLIS — Saturday marked the French Art Colony’s third annual Mardi Gras Night — a fun-filled event for the dozens of FAC supporters who traveled to the Gallipolis Elks Lodge to not only celebrate, but also raise funds for the FAC’s many art programs and exhibits.
Developed during discussions in late 2011 in preparation for the FAC’s silent auction fundraiser — an event that had traditionally been held at the FAC site on First Avenue — the first Mardi Gras Night was held in 2o12, and the fittingly-themed fundraiser has continued as the agency’s major annual fundraiser.
According to FAC Executive Director Joseph Wright, the annual event was again a great success, providing vital funds for the non-profit arts agency.
“We were very pleased with the event, especially the generosity of the community making the various donations of bid items for our silent auction, and individuals donating items, as well,” Wright said. “We had a good turnout, and it was a great event for us and a successful fundraiser, which the French Art Colony needed.”
A hit this year, according to FAC supporters, was the live auction event for the larger donated items, a portion of the evening that made this year’s event a little different.
In addition to New Orleans-themed food, enjoyable company and the silent and live auctions, those in attendance this past Saturday were also entertained by regional artist Paul Callicoat and friends.
While official numbers from the auction — that has previously raised more than $10,000 for the non-profit — have not been totaled by the FAC, officials reported Wednesday that it is expected that the donated items for the auctions helped to raise funding similar to last year’s totals.
As previously reported, French Art Colony Board of Trustee member Beverly Walker was responsible for coordinating this year’s Mardi Gras Night, who along with a large team, including other FAC Board of Trustee members, volunteers and staff, made this year’s event a success.
Those interested in learning more about the French Art Colony, or to learn how to support its many programs, call (740) 446-3834.