It is after much brainstorming, study and discussion My Friend's House has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Mardi Gras Ball to have been held in February. With the uncertainty of these times and the spread of Covid-19 we are choosing to protect the health of our patrons, board members, staff and residents, and cancel our biggest annual fundraiser.
In 2020 our staffing and food costs have risen considerably while the residents have been restricted at home for many months due to COVID. We cancelled many volunteer opportunities, outings, summer activities and in-person school throughout the year.
While our volunteers and in-kind donations have carried us, we need cash donations to pay our trained direct care staff that are guiding and overseeing the residents day in and day out, twenty-four hours a day. The Mardi Gras Ball is our main source for operating revenue, and we depend on our patrons and sponsors for this support every year to see us through.
During this stretch of time, we humbly ask for your help in filling the gap left by the canceled Mardi Gras Ball, be it a recurring monthly gift through our Friend of a Friend program, a corporate sponsorship, or one-time donation. Thank you for your consideration.