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Meals on Wheels Celebrating Mardi Gras

Meals on Wheels is fund raising with a Mardi Gras celebration featuring food, music, and a silent auction

For 15 years Lubbock Meals on Wheels has held their Mardi Gras event on Fat Tuesday to raise money so Lisa Gilliland, Meals on Wheels Assistant Director, said they can keep feeding Lubbock.

"We've been doing it for quite a while now and it gets bigger and better every single year."

Each year the Mardi Gras celebration features local restaurants that Gilliland said gives out samples of their most popular dishes.

"There's a lot of new ones. Even Alamo Draft House, who isn't even open yet in Lubbock, is going to have a booth because they will open about a month after out event. We have everything from McDonalds to Harrigans to Rockfish to Rudy's so there's something for everyone and they are sample size portions but since there's 39 different restaurants no one will go home hungry."

Gilliland said the Shinn/Turner Dixieland Band will perform live jazz music along with other entertainment.

"We've got hoop dancers and line dancers and a magician and just a variety of entertainers and performers to create that carnival atmosphere."

There is a silent auction with over 250 items to bid on and Gilliland said there is also a raffle.

"We're actually doing two drawings for Southwest Airlines tickets and we're only selling a thousand chances and it's only five dollars a chance, you don't even have to be present to win....and it's round trip anywhere they fly and they're good for a year."

A king and queen preside over Mardi Gras and this years king is KAMC's own David Collier.

"We did has to promise that David wouldn't have to wear tights. So we have told him he won't have to but there will be a cape and crown involved."

Gilliland said all the money raised from ticket sales and auction items will go right back into Meals on Wheels.

"We rely completely on the community as well as events like our Mardi Gras fund raiser to raise the funds to purchase the food, to package the meals, all the overhead expenses....there's 49 different routes that go out every single day. We're feeding 630 people every day in Lubbock."

Mardi Gras is Tuesday March 4th at the Civic Center from 5 to 9 pm.

Tickets are 35 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children 17 and under.

You can buy tickets at Meals on Wheels at 2304 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79411or at any Select-a-Seat location.

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