Party, Mardi Gras Style

Decorate your mask and put on your beads — but don’t leave town!

The eighth annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Fundraiser takes place this coming Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m., at The Atrium in Cary, located at 11000 Regency Parkway.

Presented by Cary MacGregor Rotary Club and Life Experiences Inc., the party helps fund various local philanthropic projects throughout the year.

“This fundraiser brings community members together for a night of fun and networking, while at the same time raising money for great causes,” said Owen Robinson, Cary MacGregor Rotary Club president. “Our club continuously strives to give back through philanthropic efforts, and we look forward to a great evening of raising proceeds for our community.”

“Life Experiences is excited to be the nonprofit partner again in 2014,” said Mary Madenspacher, executive director of Life Experiences, an organization which creates opportunities and employment for adults with developmental disabilities.

“The money raised will help people with special needs have a better quality of life by providing training and meaningful work,” she said. “We can’t wait for another great night of fundraising at one of the most enjoyable events in the Triangle.”

The evening will include a wide variety of food, and prizes such as golf packages, jewelry, and vacation packages, and a live auction will be led by emcee and former Cary mayor Ernie McAlister.

Entertainment will be provided by popular area band The Blasting Caps.

Dress is business casual or festive attire.

Organizers expect more than 350 attendees from all over the Triangle, with a goal of raising more than $25,000 for local causes. Over the past eight years, this fundraiser has brought in more than $100,000 to benefit the community.

Tickets to the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Fundraiser are $50, and can be purchased at the door or by e-mailing Pam Seagroves at

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