After a two-year hiatus the Junior Service League Mardi Gras gala returned and the community was ready for it.
More than 150 elegantly-dressed patrons attended the charity event, held at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe.
They helped raise more than $6,500 for upcoming JSL projects. Those projects include the group’s annual Christmas clothing drive, Easter egg hunt, and mentoring programs.
Live music for the event was provided by Konkrete Soul and silent auctions were held for fine jewelry, charter fishing trips, gift certificate trees and countless other items.
Mardi Gras themed food was provided by various JSL members, created from recipes in the JSL cookbook and 60 pounds of shrimp was donated for the event by Wood’s Fishery in Port St. Joe.
It was a night of suits, dresses, beads and music as attendees toasted and danced the night away.
Casino-style games including black jack and roulette gave attendees a chance to try their luck while using fun money, but the big winners were the members of the JSL.
“We haven’t had the even in three years and we were excited to bring it back,” said event coordinator Kimberly Shoaf. It was a ton of fun and we have the support behind us to continue it on in the future.”