Mardi Gras Event Raises Record $219,000; Photos Capture the Fun

Fire Show Entertainment

Saturday evening, March 11th was certainly one to remember! Guests decked out in beads, masks and festive costumes packed the Bellevue Hilton for Communities In Schools of Washington’s 8th annual Mardi Gras Dinner & Auction presented by Matisia Consultants. Generous corporate and individual supporters contributed a record-setting $219,000 to expand student support and dropout prevention statewide.

Record-setting $219,000 raised to support students across Washington State.

Emcee and CIS Alumni Marshun and his Site Coordinator Kaitlyn.

The emcee for the evening, Marshun Newman, is a freshman at Washington State University and alumni of CIS of Federal Way.

The evening opened with a VIP reception and then friendly bidding wars on silent auction items ranging from a UW or WSU Football tickets, to three El Gaucho experiences, to a Tesla test drive experience. Guests enjoyed unique entertainment as well: a live band, a caricature artist, and even a fire show by a flame throwing entertainer as guests arrived at the Hilton!

Rounding out the evening, Communities In Schools National President Dale Erquiaga recognized Art Jackson of Costco for his years of dedicated service to CIS. A Mount Tahoma High School site coordinator and her student shared the story of their relationship.

Mount Tahoma student and Site Coordinator, Trisha Tracy, speak about their CIS experience.

Her story is just one example of how Communities In Schools reaches students and their families in times of need with both academic and personal supports.

View and download Mardi Gras pics on our Facebook page!

Pictures from photographer Ellen Golden and Jared Martin are available for viewing and free download from the Communities In Schools of Washington Facebook page. If you have any trouble downloading photos, contact Marnie McManus, Development Manager, marnie@ciswa.org. Enjoy!

Sincere thanks to our generous sponsors!

Presenting: Matisia Consultants

Auction: Denali Advanced Integration

Diamond: Cisco Systems, DellEMC

Emerald: Homestreet Bank, Safeway, SAP

Sapphire: Ascent/US Bank, AT&T, Cash America, Fortinet, Tim & Jenny Haser, IBM, Parker Smith & Feek, TierPoint, Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Pearl: EMCS, Iron Mountain, JLL, Microsoft, Brian & Robin Rayfiled, RSM, Schneider Electric,

Carnival Fun: RSM

In-Kind: Sungraphics

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