The photo above is from the awesome photo booth from Heather Bohm Tallman from last year’s Hattie’s Mardi Gras party. I was one week from having baby Jack, and that photo doesn’t do my hugeness justice. I was MASSIVE. I was in that stage of pregnancy where everyone who talks to you asks if you are about to go into labor. I finally found the cake pops table and I pretty much declared it my own. No one wanted to go near the 9 months pregnant woman over sampling the cake pops with her shoes off.
However, even as a one person parade float, I had such a great time. That’s because there is something for everyone at the Hattie’s Mardi Gras party. Great food, great music, some incredible silent auction items, good friends, and so much fun. It is a perfect night out, and even better is that it raises money for a truly special local cause. Since Beth and Jasper Alexander started the fundraiser in 2001, the annual Mardi Gras event has raised over $250,000 for various charities including Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga YMCA, Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar. This year the event will be raising money for the New York City Ballet here at SPAC. As I’ve said before, we really are so lucky to have the world class NYCB here in our own backyard, and I love supporting them. This year as an extra special bonus they will have eight ballet costumes generously loaned from NYCB’s collections, including an “Emeralds” principal costume from “Jewels” for party guests to check out.
Although it is short notice, I want to give one reader a FREE ticket (worth $100) to come party at the Mardi Gras Saturday night (starting at 6pm). I’m also going to throw in one raffle ticket (worth $20 each, tickets can also be purchased at the event) for the chance to win the brand new Toyota Prius with a 2-year lease, which includes 2 years of maintenance! The incredibly generous New Country Motor Car has given the gift this year of the first ever raffle for a brand new car and anyone can enter to win! You’ll have one chance from me, but if you DO win, you need to drive me around in that new car at least once.
This party is guaranteed to be a good time, it has the fun and comfortable atmosphere of Hattie’s itself, and Garland Nelson and Soul Session are ALWAYS great. To enter to win the ticket AND the raffle ticket just comment below on why you love Hattie’s, the NYC Ballet at SPAC, or just why you NEED a night out! I will notify the randomly chosen winner later today so you can have time to plan! Good luck, and I will see you at Mardi Gras! xoxo
***this giveaway is now closed, thanks so much to everyone who entered!***