The 3rd Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball - February 10, 2018
The Voilà Foundation presents our premiere annual fundraiser on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, referred to as Samedi Gras, February 10, 2018. This year our venue will be Country Club of Roswell. Sponsored by BrandBank, our theme will be Pinstripes & Polka Dots ~ A Roaring Twenties Party!
Guests will enjoy a dinner buffet with New Orleans flair, and of course, an open bar. As always, our Mardi Gras Ball will offer guests the opportunity to participate in our exclusive online auction, powered by Handbid, and an exciting live auction! This year's charity auction will have fabulous items on which to bid, including inspiring artwork, classic and trendy jewelry, local dining, weekend getaways, gourmet baskets, travel packages and the opportunity to be painted into the portrait of the event! Our very own Live Event Painter, will paint the winning bidders into this one-of-a-kind work of art. Live entertainment will include a band for your dancing pleasure and exciting cirque style performance artists!
Like the 2 Mardi Gras Balls before, 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 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 simpler to trace. From the 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!
In February of 2017, the Krewe of Voilà hosted the 2nd Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball and raised nearly a $100,000! In 2018, the 3rd Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball will benefit two very worthy organizations:
Easter Seals North Georgia
Easter Seals North Georgia is honored to be selected as a beneficiary of the 2018 Roswell Mardi Gras Ball. We are delighted to partner with The Voilà Foundation to achieve our shared vision – investing in services and programs to strengthen our communities. Easter Seals North Georgia is one of Georgia’s oldest nonprofit organizations, serving our communities for more than 65 years. At Easter Seals, we strengthen children and families at the most critical times in a child’s development. We provide comprehensive early education and early intervention services to more than 4,000 children who are disabled or disadvantaged, helping them with these needs.
Children’s Charities supports and funds the greatest needs of children in North Fulton and South Forsyth Counties, which ranges from equipment to programs to services. Currently our efforts are focused on children with special needs. Our goal is to raise $500,000, so that we can fully fund the all-inclusive play park equipment, programs and services in the City of Milton to benefit community children. The new park will be the first of its scale in North Fulton County by encompassing more than an acre of city property. The park will provide a fun experience for children with all abilities and disabilities.