For the Dearborn Education Foundation, Mardi Gras was about much more than colorful masks or indulging in treats.
The Dearborn nonprofit, which supplies Dearborn Public Schools classrooms with much-needed grant funding, celebrated its annual Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 14. It raised over $25,000, Executive Director Eddie Fakhoury announced Monday.
The event took place at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course banquet center, and provided an evening of food, fun, music and prizes for local school employees, students, parents, business owners and city leaders.
Participants had the chance to bid on a number of silent auction items, as well as win such prizes as a $1,000 gift card, or an Apple iPad.
Several local schools were big winners, too.
Each year the Mardi Gras party also offers an opportunity for schools to win cash for their building during the Doubloon contest. Schools that receive the most doubloons by the end of the evening are the winners. This year, Lindbergh Elementary, Bryant Middle School and Dearborn High School took home $250, $500 and $1,000 awards, respectively.
The money raised by the Mardi Gras event will help to fund grant requests made by the teachers of the Dearborn Public Schools district. Their needs range from musical instruments, to math and science teaching tools, to classroom equipment and technology.
Learn more about the Dearborn Education Foundation on their website.