Guests who gathered for the YWCA's 2008 Mardi Gras fundraiser on February 23 at the Alliance Country Club were treated to the sights, sounds, and tastes of this New Orleans celebration. Event chair, Barb Armitage, welcomed guests at the door with beads passed out by former Carnation Queen Kayla Faudree. Guests strolled the streets of The Big Easy past lampposts, street signs and a variety of "shops" while listening to the Cajun tunes of Arcadian Driftwood. Magician Jim Klayder was on hand to perform magic tricks for passersby and reader Ann Miller returned again to delight guests. On the corner, Board member, Cindy King, ran a shell game on stacked antique suitcases, while amateur photographer, Andrew Magrath, snapped photos at the charming outdoor cafe.
Dinner featured a variety of New Orleans favorites including shrimp jambalaya, chicken cordon bleu, and Bananas Foster, a dessert that originated in the city. Proceeds from the event including the live and silent auction assisted the YWCA to "Raise the Roof" and make the necessary upgrades and repairs.