The 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Ball - February 25, 2017
The Voilà Foundation will present our annual fundraiser on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, February 25, 2017. This year our venue will be The Pavillion at Olde Towne. And our theme will be Bourbon and Boas sponsored by BrandBank.
Guests will participate in an exclusive online silent auction and an exciting live auction, including local artwork, jewelry and other wonderful items on which to bid. Live entertainment will include The Ruby Red’s Band and Live Event Painters. Guests will enjoy an open bar and a dinner buffet with New Orleans flair. This event promises to be Bon temps Roswell!
ORIGINS OF ROSWELL MARDI GRAS BALL
Mardi Gras, literally “Fat Tuesday,” has grown in popularity in recent years as a raucous, sometimes hedonistic event. But its roots lie in the Christian calendar, as the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. That’s why the enormous party in New Orleans, for example, ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday, with battalions of street sweepers pushing the crowds out of the French Quarter towards home.
The origins of the Roswell Mardi Gras Ball are much simpler to trace. From the very beginning, Voilà Salon in historic Roswell began giving back to the community. Starting with small Cut-A-Thons at the salon beneﬁting an individual in need, then steadily growing each year into elaborate events at local venues that raised thousands of dollars.
In the summer of 2015, the salon formed the Krewe of Voilà and created Roswell’s Inaugural Mardi Gras Ball. After months of planning, the Krewe hosted the first ball on February 6, 2016, raising over $100,000!
On the heels of that success and with the lessons learned over two decades of hosting charitable events a new organization was formed - The Voilà Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Georgia Charitable Corporation. And with this nonprofit status the Roswell Mardi Gras Ball becomes an annual tradition benefiting worthy causes in our community.
CARING with STYLE
Originally, Mardi Gras Balls in New Orleans were only for the upper crust of society and a closely guarded secret. Here in Roswell, our Mardi Gras Ball welcomes one and all and we give the proceeds to not one, but two charitable causes!
After our successful Inaugural Mardi Gras Ball in 2016, The Voilà Foundation was formed to accommodate the ever-growing fundraising efforts of Voilà Salon. In 2017, the 2nd Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball will benefit two very worthy organizations:
Based in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older. They offer expert, evidence-based psychiatric care alongside a compassionate, holistic path to wellness. This powerful mix makes Skyland Trail a different kind of mental health solution.
Roswell Woman's Club
The Roswell Woman’s Club is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit service organization whose common interest is to support our community in the areas of educational scholarships and grants, human services, cultural arts, historical preservation and urban improvement. Their dedicated membership accomplishes this through hands-on involvement, volunteerism in the community and monetary contributions through fund raising.