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Edwin Holt's singin' the blues rocks Dallas Mardi Gras 2006 – benefiting the American Red Cros Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Feb 7, 2006, 07:43 PM

 PD9G2850Holt.jpgThe Belo Mansion was rocking away to the powerful blues tunes from Dallas’ own Edwin Holt and his 12-piece Conspiracy Band at Dallas Mardi Gras (pictured left). The stage was packed for hours! He’s not in Dallas for long, though. In May he heads for the Gold Coast down under, headlining at the 2006 Broadbeach Blues Festival in Australia where thousands of blues fans gather on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Visit the website for details: http://www.bluesonbroadbeach.com
Visit Edwin’s website for details about him: http://www.edwinholt.com

Everyone was celebrating the spirit of Mardi Gras, wearing crowns, hats, wacky make up; boas and feathers were everywhere. Surrounding the band’s stage and huge dance floor were tables with seating for guests, gambling, tarot card reader, bartenders pouring champagne, wines and everything else.

This is the perfect event for parents to enjoy with their adult children, friends and couples to make a fun night of complete partying: food, dancing, great silent auction items and the people watching is its own party.

 

PD9G2739Munson.jpg(Pictured here: Meg Munson with her dad, Ben Munson and sister, Merry Munson Wyatt, chairman.)

Who was there: The  Munson family: Merry Munson Wyatt, chairman and her husband Brady; Meg Munson, Susie and Ben Munson (mom and dad. The Tabasco bar was named Ben’s Tabasco Bar, honoring his penchant for spicy foods).

Angela Choquette and Angela Jones, Underwriting Co-Chairs, along with Maggie Cooke and Hadley Hammonds, Silent Auction Co-Chairs and Sarah and Alan Losinger, Honorary Chairs with their son, John.

April Miller, the Dallasite who did not get the rose from the Bachelor in Paris, looking absolutely adorable with her friend, Paula Masters; Amy and Brent Carreker; Angela and Doug Nash; Don Hicks with Dr. and Mrs. J. L. La Manna; J.B. Hayes and Teffy Jacobs with her parents, Jack and Doris.

Patrons helped themselves at the well-stocked food stations. Menu: Jambalaya Station: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, White Rice, Southern Cornbread, Chicken & Baby Shrimp Sauces. Carving Station: Chef Cajun Blackened Beef Tenderloin , Mini Sliced French Baguettes , Zataran’s Mustard & Herbed Mayonnaise , Spicy Red Beans , Fried Okra. Dessert Station: White Chocolate Bread Pudding , Vanilla Sauce , Coffee and Tea.

 PD9G2967Mask.jpgDécor: Choreogrpahed by the lovely Meg Munson & committee. People probably expect to hear Todd Fiscus or the like as designer because decorations were absolutely fabulous: huge Mardi Gras masks, red draping everywhere, with gold, black and white accents, mirrors and the big hit, one of the girl’s trainers covered himself completely in gold make up and wore nothing but a gold leather sash around his waist. He was the “live statue” of the evening.

Top Auction Item: Vacation at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and two roundtrip flights provided by American Airlines - $5,500.

Close Second: Vacation at Rosewood’s newest property – CordeValle in San Martin, California (also included two roundtrip flights provided by American Airlines) $4,800.
(Photo of Tracy Schnyder)

Final Stats: 392 in attendance.
The money raised the night of event (casino, raffle & auction) was $42,700 and combined with sponsorships and underwriting, the total NET donation to the American Red Cross: $164,950.

 PD9G2719ARC.jpgThe event: Dallas Mardi Gras happens every year and is the largest, single fundraising event organized by the Dallas Chapter. Unless specifically earmarked for other uses, donations made to the American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter stay in the Dallas metropolitan area to benefit its citizens. Tickets for Mardi Gras begin at $125 per person. For more information on next year’s event, contact Audra Russell, Development Associate, Special Events at 214.678.4402 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Photos by Dana Driensky.

More Party Pics from this event will be on socialwhirl.com soon. We'll post a notice here.
See Party Pics from Dallas Mardi Gras 2005:
http://www.socialwhirl.com/SWARedCrossMardiGras05.htm

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