Tickets still available for Mardi Gras
Although advance ticket sales are brisk for this Saturday’s Mardi Gras they can still be reserved by calling 962-2327 or 962-8052.   “Because we need to have our dinner tables set up and place settings ready we won’t be selling tickets at the door,” said Jim May, SMHC Development Director.  “So we’re encouraging everyone who wants to attend our fun filled evening to call now or visit one of our convenient ticket locations.”Chef Dr. Jeremy Ostrander will prepare and deliver a BBQ dinner for six to the highest bidder during the live auction at this Saturday’s Mardi Gras.  Tickets still available.
In addition to the Swing Notes playing big band sounds during the social hour and a DJ playing dance music after dinner and a Funny Money Casino featuring Black Jack, 4-5-6 and Texas Hold’em, the evening’s entertainment will also include live and silent auctions with all proceeds benefiting the St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics Foundation.
The five items in the live auction include a set of NAIA World Series Tickets for 19 games at LCSC from May 28 through June 4th donated by Peg Gehring, FNP and Jerry  Johnston.  The seats are located in an excellent location behind home plate.
Auctioneer Shane Arnzen will also take bids on a Dutch Oven dinner for six prepared and delivered by Chef Jeremy Ostrander, MD, winner of the 2008 Tasters Choice Award at the Idaho County Fair Dutch Oven Cook Off.  The high bidder for that item get to choose from three appetizers, three main courses and plenty of side dishes.
Other live auction items include a night’s stay with breakfast for four at the Reflections Inn on the Clearwater River outside of Kooskia, plus a white water rafting trip on the Lochsha.  The final two items are 50 gallons of fuel oil or propane donated by John and Susan Bennett, Jacoboson Oil and a six foot outdoor wind gong handcrafted by Ernie Jennings.
The 16 silent auction items include a Valentine’s Basket from Hoene’s Hardware; hand crafted wooden toys made by Jerry Richardson; one night’s stay at the Super 8 in Grangeville donated by Ted and Wendy Lindsley; a massage from In-Touch by Pollyanna Candalot; a personalized book from Donna Wassmuth; a Mardi Gras King Cake that feeds 12-16 people from Dog Bark Park, a movie night basket from Intermountain Mortgage and lots of other tempting things.
Nancy Arnzen will cater the dinner with her crowd pleasing choices of Prairie approved Jambalaya, chicken cordon bleu and plenty of scrumptious side dishes.  Rounding out the delicious dinner will be Mardi Gras themed cakes specially designed by Stephanie Burnside, cake creator and owner of A Taste of Art.  
“I’ll use the traditional Mardi Gras colors of yellow, green and purple adding beads, glitzy jewelry and masks all made from modeling chocolate and sugar clay so the whole cake will be edible,” said Burnside who started her cake making and decorating business last year after providing special occasion cakes for years for her family and friends.  The 16 cakes will come a variety of flavors.
Ernie Jennings created the quail wind gong which will be auctioned at the Mardi Gras fundraiser this Saturday.  Tickets available by calling St. Mary’s Hospital.The main corporate sponsor for the fundraiser is Asker’s Harvest Foods, Kevin Asker, owner.  Lewiston Orthopaedic Associates, PA is a Major Donor and supporters include Pathologist Regional Laboratory; St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and Idaho County Light and Power. 
250 advance tickets have been set aside for this first annual event.  The $25/person or $45/couple tickets can be reserved by calling the numbers listed above. Credit cards are accepted or checks may be mailed to SMHC Foundation, PO Box 137, Cottonwood, ID  83522.  Tickets can also be purchased at the SMH reception desk; each of the SMH clinics in Cottonwood, Nezperce, Kamiah and Craigmont;  US Bank, Cottonwood Branch; and the Cottonwood Community Credit Union. 
For people who would like to come after 8:30 p.m. for the dancing and casino portion of the evening tickets will be sold at the door for $10. 

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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