The Junior Board of Rock Island
About The Junior Board of Rock Island
-The Junior Board of Rock Island is women joined in friendship, working together to serve children in our community, primarily by supporting our Project Nest program and the Nest newborn program in collaboration with UnityPoint at Home, by direct volunteer service and fundraising for their child-related causes.
Junior Board began in 1935. For more than 79 years, members of the organization have juggled a career and family while donating their time, efforts and personal funds to make the nonprofit organization succeed.
Members often donate their own money to help fund programs such as these, but Junior Board also hosts an annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball. February marked the organization's 76th annual event, with over 500 in attendance raising thousands of dollars.
Mardi Gras Ball 2016
The Junior Board of Rock Island presents the 77th Annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at six o'clock in the evening. The Mardi Gras Charity Ball will be held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, IA. The theme this year is Love Gives Us a Fairy Tale. The Master of Ceremonies is Kevin Rafferty and entertainment will be provided by Terry Hanson Ensemble and Johnny O.
Note: You do not need to be present to win. We will mail certificates to winners who are not present; however for physical items won, you must make arrangements to have your item picked up the night of Mardi Gras by you or someone else.
Schedule of Events
Cocktail Reception and Princess Wine Raffle, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, featuring the signature cocktail of the evening, Moscato crowned with Fairy Floss.
Silent Auction, 6:00 to 9:15 pm, Electronic bidding via smart phone/iPad.
Dinner, 8:00 pm.
Coronation, 9:30 pm
Dancing, until 1:00 am.
A whimsical mixture of Baby Greens, Mozzarella Cheese and Tomato Quinoa served with Champagne Vinaigrette and Crushed Macadamia Nuts.
The Princely Pair
Duet of Flat Iron Steak with Uncommon Stout Demi Glaze charmingly paired with Roasted Red Band Coffee Glazed Chicken and served with Asparagus, Tomato Compote, and Boursin Mashed Potatoes.
Magical Vegetarian Napoleon
Portobello Mushroom, Pasta Triangles, Tomatoes, and Wilted Spinach stacked alongside Asparagus, Tomato Compote and Boursin Mashed Potatoes.
Happily Ever After Dessert
Fudgy Chocolate Layer Cake topped with Creamy Chocolate Mousse served with a delectable sauce.
This year's specialty drink "Fairy Floss" will only be available with a $10 raffle ticket. Not only does your ticket get you a fabulous drink but, you are also entered to win Mindy Diaz's, Inspiredesign Jewelry, one of a kind reversible necklace, designed for Mardi Gras! Tickets will available during cocktail hour, 6:00 - 8:00, at the check in table and the specialty drink bar in the lobby.
Thank you to our Mardi Gras Ball 2016 electronic bidding sponsors, they allow us to raise even more funds to distribute to local children's organizations.
Platinum $5,000 and up:
Gold $1,000 to $4,999:
Silver $500 to $999: