Mardi Gras raises funds for schools |

Mardi Gras raises funds for schools

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope
Jennifer Hays and Bob Boselli man the Super Silent Auction

Although the Rockies aren’t exactly close to the bayou, that doesn’t keep the locals from throwing one heck of a Mardi Gras party.

For the fourth year, St. Clare of Assisi and Vail Christian High School teamed up to create a memorable event that raises money for affordable Christian education.

Once a year, St. Clare’s is transformed from a place of study and prayer to a place of dancing and mirth. Bulletin boards are covered with streamers and masks while the walls are plastered with list upon list of items up for grabs – for the right price.

Kathy Fort-Carty organized the event along with Michelle Maloney.

“It’s a great cause,” Kathy said. “It’s a fun community event to raise money for the schools.”

Erin and Bob Boselli stepped up to man the auction. Others assisting in the event were Jo Ann Graef, Jennifer Hayes, Shelley Gile, Carmel McGuckin, Susan Milhoan, Kitty Seemann, Nancy Clark, Suzanne Dauphinais and Megan Green.

After the close of the silent auctions, the guests entered the gymnasium, which could have been mistaken for a club on Bourbon Street. The dinner had a Cajun theme, from catfish nuggets and crabmeat salad, andouille-stuffed Creole chicken breast and blackened tenderloin, catered by Whirled Peas of Denver.

The auction cranked into full gear with items such as a fondue party hosted by Megan Green – which sold for $2,000 times two – and a trip to Disney World, bought by Bob Zinn, who turned around and re-donated it – now that’s called generosity.)

There was a year of chiropractic adjustments from Tom Crisofulli and a black mink coat donated by Fantasia Furs. Of course, the students kicked in with a fifth grade art project and a quilt created by the kindergarten class. The final special item, the opportunity to aid the music departments of both schools, had paddles shooting up all over the place.

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