Goodwill, Michael’s On East present 13th annual Mardi Gras Gala

Popular annual event to feature authentic Cajun food, New Orleans-style music and dancing, and more

Published Thursday, January 11, 2018

Event Chairs: Brent Greeno and Ryan Inskeep

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota and Michael’s On East invite the public to the most anticipated event of the season: the Mardi Gras Gala. This event features amazing authentic Cajun food, open bar, fabulous live auction items, New Orleans-style music, and dancing. The 2018 Mardi Gras Gala will take place on February 8, 6-9 p.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota).

This is the thirteenth year of the event, which was conceived by Michael’s On East co-proprietor Philip Mancini. Guests dress in beads and masks and enjoy New Orleans-style drinks and dinner offerings such as shrimp étouffée, crab cakes, jambalaya, and much more.

Co-chairs are Brent Greeno and Ryan Inskeep; honorary co-chairs are Julie and Jaime DiDomenico. Presenting sponsor is Publix Charities. Proceeds from the event will support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work.

“For Goodwill Manasota, Mardi Gras is a wonderful celebration – a celebration of lives we have helped to change through our employment services and other programs and services,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Veronica Brandon Miller. “Each year, this event raises significant funds to help those with barriers to employment find career opportunities and move toward self-sufficiency. We are grateful to our generous event sponsors and supporters for helping to make our work possible.”

Tickets are $200 per person. This event will sell out quickly; visit or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 104 for reservations or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 


PHOTO ID: Mardi Gras Gala co-chairs Ryan Inskeep (left) and Brent Greeno


About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2016, Goodwill Manasota served 28,207 people, placed 755 people in jobs and assisted 240 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $92.1 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted more than 40 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit