Goodwill, Michael's On East present Mardi Gras Gala

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

Published Friday, January 18, 2019


 SARASOTA, 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 authentic Cajun food, open bar, fabulous live auction items, New Orleans-style music, and dancing. The 2019 Mardi Gras Gala will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 6-10 p.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota).

This is the fourteenth 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 Crawfish Étouffée, crab cakes, Jambalaya, Oysters Bienville, and much more.


Co-chairs are Tim Schalch and Megan Baers, who are both Goodwill Ambassadors – community members who have made a commitment to share the mission of Goodwill Manasota with the greater community by volunteering at events, speaking on its behalf, creating new fundraisers, and introducing Goodwill to their friends, family and colleagues. Major sponsors include CS&L CPAs, NDC Construction, and Seaside Bank.


“For all of us at Goodwill Manasota, not only is the Mardi Gras Gala a lot of fun, it’s also a wonderful celebration of lives we have helped to change through our employment services and other crucial programs,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Gray Videnka. “The proceeds of this event 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 $150 per person and this event will sell out quickly; visit or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 251 for reservations or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


Photo ID: Goodwill staff members (from l-r) Adrian Gessen, Morgan Howell, Pavitra Ciavardone, Donna Evans and Gray Videnka are excited to welcome guests to the Goodwill Manasota Mardi Gras Gala


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 philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit or call 941-355-2721.