On March 9th, Communities In Schools of Washington celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction, and it was a NIGHT TO REMEMBER! Joined by over 200 supporters, we raised $258,000 to keep kids in school and on track to graduate.

Our annual Mardi Gras event raises funds so that all youth in Washington have the support they need to grow, graduate, and thrive. Thousands of kids in our state face overwhelming roadblocks to staying in school: homelessness, untreated medical or dental conditions, trauma, special needs, and lack of food, clothes, and school supplies. The Communities In Schools model intercedes by connecting kids with caring adults and resources designed to help students succeed. In Washington, it takes a network of 12 affiliates to serve over 80,000 kids–and at Mardi Gras, CIS of Washington raises funds to further the impact of our network, ensuring the highest quality supports reach the most students possible.

At this year’s event, we’re honored that guest speakers from CIS of Federal Way came to share the daily local impact of CIS. Amber Rowe Mosley (Site Coordinator) and Kileigh Ann (student at Federal Way High School) both shared inspiring personal stories of our mission in action, and the transformative role of a caring adult in students’ lives. The night ended with an astounding $71,500 raised during our call for support—a true #AllinforKids moment.

Special thanks go to our Presenting Sponsor, Denali Advanced Integration, for getting the party started. We are so grateful to ALL the individuals, sponsors, volunteers, and in-kind donors who make our mission possible. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with you to benefit our youth in Washington state through this event.

To see more Mardi Gras photos, visit our Mardi Gras 2019 Facebook album. We hope to see you next year!

Photos by Ellen Golden.