This was the first year the Mardi Gras Ball was held at Gateway Center. The money raised by the Mardi Gras Ball was given through a combination of corporate sponsorships, private donations, tickets to the event and proceeds from the live and silent auctions. In addition, volunteers from the firm, Alton Little Theatre, and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society donated countless hours to plan and organize the event.
This year the American Cancer Society utilized GiveSmart for their silent auction items. GiveSmart is a system the guests used on their Smartphones to easily place bids on desired items. The system allows the simplicity of placing a “Max Bid” for guest to enter the highest price you are willing to bid for the item and the GiveSmart system will automatically bid for you up to that maximum amount.
The live auction was emceed by Dewayne Staats, anchor of the Emmy Award-winning Sun Sports telecast and broadcaster of the Tampa Bay Rays. Some of the live auction items included a Classic 1980 Pontiac Trans Am, Super Bowl 50 Trip to San Francisco, Trip to London, Cardinals Baseball Suite, Custom Made Putting Green, Pure Labrador Puppy, Nilo Farms Hunting Package, and more.
The menu for the evening was created by Ovations, the in-house caterer for Gateway Center. The salad for the evening was Ovation’s signature “Gateway Greens.” The Gateway Greens consists of mesclun spring mix, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrot curls, feta crumbles, homemade croutons, and champagne vinaigrette dressing. The entrée of the evening was a grilled beef tenderloin topped with mushroom demi-glace, accompanied by dauphinoise potatoes and roasted asparagus with red velvet cake for dessert.
Both Gateway Center and Ovations employees had Mardi Gras staff and guests praising compliments to their service. “In terms of the staff members, everyone – and I mean everyone – was friendly and willing to do whatever was necessary to address our requests. I would recommend to anyone the use of Gateway for an event. Stop looking anywhere else,” said Lewis.
For more information, please contact Gateway Center office at 618-345-8998 ext. 127 or visit www.acsMardiGrasBall.com.