Middlesex Mardi Gras to feature exciting auction
Don’t miss the chance to eat, drink, dance and bid at the February 23 Middlesex Mardi Gras from 5-10 p.m. at Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna. With only a month to go, it’s time to buy tables or tickets to reserve a place at this fantastically fun event, which is also a major fundraiser to benefit the children of Middlesex County.
The co-hosts, Middlesex Kiwanis and Family YMCA, share the proceeds. Working with the Middlesex school staff, the Kiwanis uses its share to support school programs, scholarships to MHS graduates, and childhood nutrition programs. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic achievement and community service. The YMCA’s proceeds benefit the Guardian Program, which offers every family and child the opportunity to participate in its programs regardless of income or circumstance.
There are numerous ways to contribute to the Kiwanis and YMCA effort. There are sponsorship opportunities for Platinum, Gold, and King and Queen tables. Also, there are sponsorship opportunities for the children’s program, the band, the Flying Krewe’s table (volunteers), and centerpieces. Program sponsorships and reserved tables for eight are also available. Contributions from individuals, families or businesses are always welcome.
Talented emcee and award-winning author Brad Parks will dazzle the audience with the exciting auction items that have been donated, including a character part in his next book. And perhaps the better the bid the more likely your character will have surviving the first chapter!
Other fun items in the auction include a Rappahannock River sunset cruise with beverages and dinner, a pool party for 12, six nights in a mountain cabin, an Urbanna Creek cruise for a party of six, and a tour of a solar farm hosted by Hartfield District supervisor John Koontz.
Auction items are still being gladly accepted. You may have services or events to offer or items you no longer treasure, but could be a treasure to someone else. Think unused wedding presents; inherited fine art for which you have no wall space; the unused (but generating tax bills) pleasure craft; or a luxury automobile you no longer drive. Call the YMCA at 804-316-9191 to make a donation, buy a table, or purchase a sponsorship. Be sure to ask about tax deductions that may be available for donations or sponsorships.