An evening of festivities and gambling, complete with a makeshift horse race, will highlight the Genoa Comets Athletic Boosters’ Mardi Gras fundraiser March 15 at Millbury Firemen’s Hall.
This is the third year for the event – one of two of the organization’s key fundraisers for the year. The 2012 event, attended by an estimated 300 people, brought in about $24,000, said Booster President Laura Sheahan.
Sheahan’s husband made the wooden, stick horses that’ll be ridden by “jockeys” such as coaches of various Comets’ teams. “It’s just some silly little fun that helps us raise money for the teams,” she said.
Tickets are $75 per couple, which includes a reverse raffle ticket. Individual tickets are $50. A single reverse raffle ticket is available for $25, and the purchaser need not be present to win.
Last year, there was a top prize of $1,000, Sheahan said.
Tickets are available from any Genoa Athletic Boosters officer or at the office of Genoa Athletic Director Mike Thomas, located at the high school.
Doors open at 6 p.m. when guests can begin dining. Entrées for the cafeteria-style dinner include barbecue ribs and chicken dishes.
Then the fun will revs up at 7 p.m. as the Big Six Wheels and the Beat the Dealer tables start running, along with other live raffles and the silent auction.
“There is constant entertainment going on all the time,” Sheahan said.
The Mardi Gras fundraiser benefits the athletic teams and their facilities, but students and those under 21 cannot participate. The boosters have a temporary liquor license for alcohol sales that night including beer and wine coolers.
“Because of the gambling and the alcohol, kids are not allowed,” Sheahan explained.
The Genoa Athletic Boosters have a strong fundraising history. The two biggest fundraisers are the Mardi Gras party and the Goal Post Gala held each August. Their efforts have enabled the organization members to contribute toward major undertakings on the Genoa Schools’ campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road.
Most recently, a donation approved by the Genoa Board of Education went toward new lockers at the newly-renovated high school gymnasium.
And last year, a sum of $215,000 helped create the new regulation soccer field and practice facility as well as support baseball field upgrades.
This year’s Mardi Gras party is being supported by a number of prominent sponsors – GenoaBank, Baumann Auto Center, the Dave Marko company and Dimech Services all contributed $1,000 for a gold sponsor designation. Nissen Concrete is a silver star contributor.
Sheahan noted a number of businesses and individuals in the community contribute cash, items and time to make the event a success. She said business such as Potter Creek Pottery, Mr. Emblem and Genoa Custom Interiors donate merchandise for the silent auction.
For tickets, call Sheahan at 419-836-9114 or Athletic Director Mike Thomas at 419-855-7741 ext. 21105.