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Mardi Gras event at Capitol raises $50K

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Mardi Gras at The Capitol successfully raised $52,540 for Sherry's Run to benefit local folks affected by cancer.

The event was held on Friday, Feb. 5, and drew in quite the crowd. Several guests of the event went all out with their Mardi Gras attire - completing their looks with colorful beads and festive masks. Guests like Larry Hubbard, Denise Sikes, Dorie Mitchell, Susette Remus and Beulah Garrett were among those dressed to the nines.

Mardi Gras at The Capitol was presented as an update of the Low Country Boil fund raiser. The LCB was formerly held each fall by the Shamrock Society in Lebanon. Over the years the outdoor event raised funds for several worthy organizations - but in recent years designated proceeds solely to Sherry's Run.

Highlights of the evening were - of course, the food, prepared by Ed Riley, of Mo'Cara and Two Fat Men Catering, and friends - live music and an impressive list of auction items. One of the "priceless" items available during the live auction was a chance to see Reba perform with Brooks & Dunn in Las Vegas. Other auction items included a trip to the Grand Regina Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, donated by Larry and Kristine Powell, dental veneers donated by Aaron E. Pryor of Pryor Family Dentistry, and an Alaskan vacation donated by Friends of Sherry's Run.

A video was played during the event to show attendees how money raised goes directly back into serving the community. Cancer patients and their families spoke about how Sherry's Run helped them with everything from medical bills to buying groceries.

Sherry's Run Board Member Gary Whitaker said that he and Board Chair Tonyia Watson hear those stories every week.

"People come by, and, because of what started 12 years ago, we get to make a difference in their life," he said, before challenging the crowd to donate so that Sherry's Run can expand their care offerings. "There are other things we can do. We don't have a counseling service. We don't do preventative health care. We are treating the issue after it happens - and that's a good thing, but there is so much more that we could be doing."

In an earlier interview, Watson said that last year's Low Country Boil raised $20,000 for Sherry's Run. For more information or to donate, visit www.sherrysrun.org.

Event sponsors included Alfresco Pasta, HAWK Specialty Services, Party Providers, Tennessee Cheesecake and Two Fat Men Catering. VIP Table sponsors included Advanced Propane Inc., Body Kneads, Etc., Capitol Theatre, Friends of Sherry's Run, Lee & Lee Attorneys, Lowery, Lowery & Cherry PLLC, Millennium Telecom LLC, OHL/GEODIS and Pryor Family Dentistry.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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