Chambliss Center For Children Hosts Mardi Gras Gala

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Chambliss Center for Children, in collaboration with Events with Taste, will host the 6th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7-11 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Hall, 200 East M.L. King Blvd. 

The evening begins with jazz piano and hurricanes in Preservation Hall, then guests stroll down Bourbon Street to get beads and check out the silent auction. Finally, they step into the French Quarter for Dixieland Jazz by the Ralph Miller Quartet, late-evening DJ and dance party, and New Orleans-style fun. The evening will also feature Cajun-inspired fare and a crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, who will lead guests in a parade throughout the venue.

The event is sponsored by The Mark Hite Team, First Tennessee and Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel. 

“This event has grown so much over the past few years, we have decided to double our space to accommodate our guests and all the Mardi Gras fun we have planned,” said Racie Hoffman, director of Development for Chambliss Center for Children. “The beauty of this event is that it is not only a great party, but all money raised is going to support the vulnerable children and families we serve in this community.” 

Tickets for the Mardi Gras Gala are $60 for individuals or $100 per couple through Feb. 1. After that, the cost will increase to $70 for individuals and $120 per couple. Complimentary Uber rides home will be provided by Safe Ride Sponsor Best Hayduk Brock. Tickets can be purchased through the website,, or by calling 468-1139.

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