Mardi Gras Madness was a big hit in Munising over the weekend.
Mardi Gras Madness featured all the decorative trappings of a New Orleans event: with the theme of green, gold and purple, masks and a Bourbon Street flair. The evening featured a silent auction with autographed footballs from both the Packers and the Lions and a raffle featuring a script donated by Florence Henderson.
A number of Alger County organizations will benefit from the proceeds. In 2012, the Alger Community Foundation
distributed $86,000 to about two dozen groups ranging from Alger Parks and Rec, the Munising Senior Center and the Alger County Sheriff’s Department.
The organization has provided grants for digital mammography equipment, hoop house projects and to local schools for sports programs.
The Mardi Gras night is one of only three annual fund-raising events for the agency. The foundation’s next event is a golf tournament in June.
2012 ARCF grants:
…MSU EXTENSION – Life of Lake Superior, Outdoor Youth Education
…ALGER PARKS AND REC – summer youth program
…SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS – “hoop house” project
…BURT TOWNSHIP – Discovering the Arts Through Creativity
…MUNISING SENIOR CENTER – expansion of senior programs
…GRAND MARAIS MENNONITE CHURCH – life-saving equipment for community shelter
…MUNISING MEMORIAL HOSPITAL – digital mammography equipment
…CITY OF MUNISING – beautification (flower) project
…AuTRAIN TOWNSHIP – Heritage Trailhead Development Project
…ALGER COUNTY YOUTH COMMITTEE – All-night senior graduation party
…MARQUETTE-ALGER SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – “Lose the training wheels” bike camp project
…BURT TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS – “Bridging Community with Garden” project
…ALGER CO. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – “hoop house” project
…PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE – Grand Sable Dunes Teacher/Student education project
…FRIENDS OF SPUR VALLEY – equipment for free youth ski lessons
…MUNISING BAPTIST SCHOOL – community soccer field project and student archery program
…ALGER CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT. – Rapid Deployment Craft purchase
…GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
…EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION