Mardi Gras Magic dinner, dance for Austin’s House |

Mardi Gras Magic dinner, dance for Austin’s House

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Submitted to the TribuneCelebrating Fat Tuesday at the 2010 Mardi Gras Magic fundraiser to benefit Austin's House. Left to right: Brent Hettrick, Casey the Crocodile, Denise Howell, Niki Vanderdoes and Mark Mercer. Both couples have since experienced more magic and they are engaged to be married.

MINDEN, Nev. – Celebrate Mardi Gras in Minden on March 4 to benefit Austin’s House. The third annual Mardi Gras Magic Dinner and Dance will be held at the Carson Valley Inn. This festive fundraiser will recreate the party atmosphere of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday with great food, outstanding music, dancing, raffle prizes and a Grand Prize drawing for a trip to “The Big Easy.”

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Gue sts will then feast on a Cajun buffet dinner featuring peel and eat shrimp, chicken gumbo, blackened fish, sausage steamed in beer, shrimp etouffee and smoked rib eye roast with all of the trimmings.

After dinner, the Mardi Gras Magic party hits full stride with dancing music provided by Fabrizio. Raffle prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes. The silent auction features donated prizes from local businesses.

The ticket donation for the Mardi Gras Magic Dinner & Dance to benefit Austin’s House is $50. Tables of 10 are available for $500. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Call Austin’s House at 775-267-6711 to order tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Participants need not be present to win the grand prize drawing for a 3 day/2 night vacation at the 4-Star Harrah’s New Orleans. The trip includes dinner for two at Besh Steakhouse, tickets to the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas and Entergy IMAX theater plus $500 towards airfare. Purchase a $20 entry for the Grand Prize from Austin’s House or any board of directors member.

Austin’s House is the only emergency children’s shelter in rural Northern Nevada. Austin’s House provides services and care for up to 10 children from infants to age 18. The children are placed at Austin’s House after being removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The facility depends on continued support from the community to keep the doors open. For more information or to make a donation to Austin’s House, call 775-267-6711 or visit

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