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2020 Mardi Gras Ball a huge success, raising close to $130,000!

The 2020 Mardi Gras Ball located at the Lawrenceburg Event Center,  to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern was a huge success! Now in its sixth year, Mardi Gras is becoming an event many look forward to each year. This year’s event was once again sponsored by Celeste Calvitto, owner of CalComm Indiana. The money that was raised will help provide much-needed services to alleged victims of child abuse within our region. 

JJ and Gayle Sullivan
JJ and Gayle Sullivan of Switzerland County were crowned King and Queen of Mardi Gras Ball 2020

Kelly Bridges, Associate Director of CACSEI states, “We set a record for attendees this year reaching almost 750 guests. This accomplishment could not have been possible without the generosity of numerous sponsors, volunteers, silent auction donors, attendees and especially the King and Queen candidates competing to represent their individual counties.”

This year, the King and Queen pairs represented five different counties from across Southeastern Indiana and, collectively, they raised an astounding $55,415.00. JJ and Gayle Sullivan set a record for Switzerland County and raised $33,923.00 and were ultimately crowned King and Queen for this amazing evening. “We could not be more proud of all the couples who selflessly devoted their time to a cause greater than themselves” Executive Director Stephanie Back explains. “These couples worked so diligently to raise awareness about child abuse related issues within their own local community while also competing to raise money.” 

Celeste Calvitto, owner of CalComm Indiana, has once again made a vital commitment to sponsoring next year’s 2021 Mardi Gras Ball. We could not be more grateful for her continuous support. The CAC of SEI is a nonprofit corporation created in 2009 to minimize the trauma suffered by alleged victims of child abuse in a child-friendly setting. The center is specifically designed to use a multidisciplinary team approach that facilitates the prevention, detection, investigation, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. 

“Please consider joining us in the fight against child abuse.  There are many opportunities throughout the year to help the children right here in our communities.” Shannon Perry, Development Coordinator of CACSEI states.

Mark your calendar February 20, 2021 we will be at it again making great memories for a wonderful cause. We hope to see you there! 

Couldn’t make it? Donate to CACSEI online today.

The King and Queen court pictured above, represented from L-R: JJ and Gayle Sullivan of Switzerland County, Ryan and Rachel Holcomb of Ripley County, Brian and Courtney Monahan of Ohio County, Mark and Tasha Jenkins of Jefferson County, and Kevin and Marisa Turner of Dearborn County

CAC of Southeastern Indiana

CAC of Southeastern Indiana