March 1, 2009 Vol. 23, No. 1 [p. 2]

Mardi Gras- February 6, 2009

Our Second Annual Mardi Gras Drawdown was a 'smashing' success. We approached the event with concern because of the severe economic downturn that is gripping the nation. But we were encouraged and are so grateful to all of our friends (and relatives) that took a chance on this $2,000 grand prize--and in doing so, supported our ministry.

Wink Wright, Columbus

Jack and Cindy Huerkamp, Lynn and Al Wyman, Jesse Gist, Macon. Owners of 2nd last ticket drawn!

The winner of the $2,000 was Mary's brother, John Horrell, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. No, Mary did not tape his name on the bottom of the barrel to ensure a family prize! The Dwelling Place was also the winner, though many prizes were given out to those present. Tentatively, the total raised was $9,000.

David and Diana Bridges, Linda and John Breazeale, Starkville.

Francis and Susan Baird, Alan Smith, Columbus.

There was no doubt this was an early Mardi Gras celebration when one entered the Lee Home and observed the atmosphere created by Jean Wrather and Anna House. Thank you both.

Ginny Mahoney, Joann and Howard Ferguson, Columbus

The band, led by Tom Hannigan.

Thanks, also, to all who responded to Karen Henry's request for providing hors d'oeuvres for the celebration--and to those who kept the table tastefully full.

Tony Torres, the Thirst Slayer.

During the course of the evening, Tom Hannigan and the band provided the music-- some oldies, but all 'goodies.' They encouraged song as well as dance. We celebrated having our own special ensemble for this unique gathering. Thanks, Tom and fellow music makers.

And, of course, thanks to 'Thirst Slayer' Tony Torres who kept everyone happy taking care of the beverages to complete the great foodmakers.

Create your own Retreat

Consider bringing your prayer group, R C I A team, or a group of faith-filled friends to experience the peace and renewal that so many individuals experience here.

Bring your own director or know that a staff director is available. Tailor the time to fit your need for silence, sharing, prayer, and input.

Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, 662-738-5348 for information.

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