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Mardi Gras comes to Queen of Peace

The annual Mardi Gras event at Queen of Peace School is back on Saturday, March 1, and it’s bigger and better than ever according to event organizers.

The 15th annual event runs from 6 p.m. to midnight at the school gym and it’s scheduled to be a night to remember.

“We’ll have live auctions, silent auctions, raffles, 50-50 drawings, all the food you can ear, beer, wine and music from 8 p.m. to midnight,” event chairman George Lah said.

This year, a $1,000 jewelry item will be raffled off with 40 tickets available for purchase at $25 each. A $900 home entertainment system will also be raffled with tickets at $20 apiece.

Other items up for raffle or auction include a 42-inch John Deere riding lawn tractor, Nooks, an iPad Air and silent auction items including a handmade agate rosary.

“We are auctioning off dinner with our principal, Sister Janet, and a half-day fishing charter with Father Fish on Lake Superior,” Lah added.

Tickets are $20 apiece and are available at the door. Each ticket also provides a free entry to Dubh Linn’s Irish Pub.

Each year, the annual event is the school’s largest fundraiser. Last year, the Mardi Gras event raised approximately $20,000 for school operations.

“The real Mardi Gras is going on in New Orleans at the same time, and we hold ours on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, right before Lent,” Lah added.

“We want to say a big thank you to all the local businesses who contribute — we can’t name them all, because there are literally hundreds,” Lah said. “The local community really gets behind it. We get between 250 and 350 people each year and you don’t even have to eat dinner before you come. It’s a wonderful, relaxing evening out.”

For more information, call the Queen of Peace school office at 218-879-8516.