COVINGTON, Ky., Jan. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Mardi Gras for Homeless Children always brings a lot of people and excitement to this fabulous culinary experience, and this year will mark the 28th Year Anniversary Celebration.  The event, will again, be at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  The proceeds from the Mardi Gras go to three area shelters that provide essential care to homeless women and children.  They are Bethany House Services of Cincinnati, Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc. in Covington.  Together these agencies serve more than 40,000 needy individuals in our community each year.

NKRA Mardi Gras is March 5

Gordon Snyder, Chairman of the event, said, «It is imperative that we as a region come together again to support this fundraiser which has raised more than $1,705,400 for homeless children.  When we hear that Cincinnati is ranked second in the nation with the number of homeless children,» Snyder said, «what more do we need to say about the importance of another successful Mardi Gras that has been known to feed so many of our area’s homeless children throughout each year.»

The Mardi Gras poster contest entries were on display in the Showroom of Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, the presenting sponsor for the 6th consecutive year.  The entries were once again submitted by the AIC College of Design students. The public had the opportunity to view the designs on display in the Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell showroom during normal business hours.  The winning design will soon be displayed in hundreds of restaurant locations and various Wyler Automotive Groups, around the tri-state to promote ticket sales.  This year’s winner is from Hamilton, Ohio and is a talented student, Kaitlin Ann Moser.

«The Mardi Gras for Homeless Children event is truly one of those events that makes a difference,» said Don Paparella, General Manager for Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell.  «We are grateful to the many area companies and individuals that have supported this over the years and we are encouraging everyone to be on board with us as soon as possible for the March 5th celebration.  I have never heard anyone regret attending – a great time with great food,» Paparella said. 

Mardi Gras features more than 50 booths of fantastic food and beverages furnished by the members of the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association.  A highlight of the upcoming celebration is a Royal Court parade featuring Cincinnati Bengals Running Back Giovani Bernard, as Grand Marshal, Scott Sloan of 700 WLW, as King and Sheila Gray, of channel 12, as the Queen. We will also be featuring Josh Martinez of KISS 107 and Bob Herzog of channel 12, as the emcees for the evening. Beechwood high school’s marching band will be performing in front of the traditional Mardi Gras float. Live and silent auctions offer a remarkable selection of items at amazing savings. Another new and exciting feature is the live and silent auctions have moved to digital auctioning.  In addition, the event includes live music by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco. 

The March 5th, Fat Tuesday, event at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, is from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  What better way is there to make a difference in our community, while letting the good times roll, or as the Cajun French say, «Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler.»   Act fast, as this popular annual event may sell out.  For more information on how you can help, call 859-291-NKRA (6572) or check us out at www.mardigras2019.org.

Contact:
Gordon Snyder
100 E RiverCenter, Ste 1050
Covington, KY 41011
Phone 859-392-2250
Fax 859-261-5156
gsnyder@commonwealthhotels.com

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SOURCE Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association