Small Talk: Sacred Heart lets the good times rock at Mardi Gras Gala
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Get your dancing shoes because Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster is back by popular demand, returning to Anniston for the 24th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Anniston City Meeting Center. This high-energy band from Memphis will perform everything from Motown to disco to ‘80s glam rock. Even if you’re not one for shaking your groove thing, these musicians put on quite a show with elaborate costume changes, techno-lighting and audience participation. And it’s all for a good cause because proceeds from the Mardi Gras Gala benefit Sacred Heart Catholic School.

PTO President Tia Barr and treasurer Anna Allen are supervising an enthusiastic committee of volunteers, all dedicated to making this gala the best one yet.

In charge of decorations is Sandy Rothwell, who intends to transform the meeting center into a Cajun party town with lots of “throw-me-something-mister!” gold, green and purple beads. She’s getting plenty of help from Sonia Oblena, Linda Williams, Judy Myers, Robie Grana, Holly Doktor, Tom Wilczek, John Deno, Ted Heathcock and Tony Clark.

Meanwhile in the lobby, Noreen Pettitt along with Karen Terry, Cherie Cairo and Julie Edwards will unveil a fabulous silent auction with dozens of items including Disney World Park Hopper passes among the goodies that await eager shoppers. Sacred Heart students are also getting in on the act, putting together bountiful gift baskets, each with a different theme such as Coffee Time and Chocolate Lovers.

Trish Petry is bringing out the blackjack tables and calling in her best card sharks to present Anniston’s version of Harrah’s Casino and Dawn Wilczek is prepping the balloon board for another round of last year’s popular iPop. (Which balloon contains the winning number for an iPad Mini? One lucky partygoer is going to find out.)

Any business or organization interested in joining Anniston Medical Clinic, Advanced Orthodontics, East Alabama Eye Clinic and others as a corporate sponsor for this event should contact Tanya Sexton at 256-282-4094. Sponsors receive a reserved table for eight guests furnished with an assortment of delightful swag.

Tickets to the Mardi Gras Gala are $60 per person, which includes appetizers, buffet dinner and dessert from Classic Catering, plus an open bar. Tickets can be purchased at BB&T Bank on Quintard, Tyson’s Fine Wines and Things in Golden Springs or at Sacred Heart School at McClellan. Don’t wait too long — after Feb. 20 the price increases to $80 per person. For more information, contact Event Chair Tracie Kerper at 256-831-2267.

Save the Date

CAST will close out its season in April with another movie-turned-comedy, “9-To-5: The Musical.” Auditions will be held Feb. 18 at CAST’s new headquarters at 11th Street and Moore Avenue (old Anniston Waterworks). Call 256-820-2278 for more information.
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