For those who can't make the trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, the annual Legacy fundraiser for Trinity Catholic School's home and school association will serve as a local substitute.
"We always have a different theme for each year's event, and this year, since it's during the same time as Mardi Gras, that's our theme," said fundraiser co-chairman Peter Hackman. "So we'll have the decor set up to look like Mardi Gras."
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight March 1 at the Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St., Columbus.
Tickets to the Legacy cost $50 per person and can be purchased at trinitylegacy.org.
The evening includes dinner, music and dancing, live and silent auctions, raffles and an open bar.
The Legacy serves as the main fundraiser for the home and school association, which funds enrichment activities for students at Trinity and the preschool at St. Margaret, Hackman said.
"We take the money we raise and divide it among each classroom," he said. "The teachers can use the money for classroom activities, field trips and the cost of field-trip transportation."
The association also has helped to pay for the renovation of the school library and the purchase of computer equipment for Trinity, Hackman said.
Some auction items will not be revealed until the night of the gala, but as always, they will include art items created by Trinity students, the ever-popular pig roast, and fun experiences for children, including a personal tour of a fire station, he said.
For the first time, people will be able to bid on the silent auction online and via smartphone through 501 Auctions, Hackman said.
Auction participants will receive text messages when they have been outbid, and a bid board will be set up at the Legacy event providing updates on the action, he said.
"We try to make the event better each year by listening to what features people would like to see added," Hackman said. "That way it becomes an event more people want to attend and we can raise more money to help the school."
About 250 people attended last year's event, and "our goal is to get the attendance up to 300 this year," he said.
While the school has asked for reservations to be made no later than a week before the March 1 event to help the Boat House with planning, guests also may pay at the door, Hackman said.