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

The 15th anniversary of the popular annual event to feature authentic New Orleans cuisine, live Dixieland music and dancing, circus performers, and more

Published Friday, February 7, 2020

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 New Orleans cuisine, open bar, live Dixieland music and dancing, an array of circus performers, fabulous live auction items, and more. Goodwill’s 2020 Mardi Gras Gala will take place on Saturday, February 29, 6:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota).

This is the fifteenth anniversary of the event, which was conceived by Michael’s On East co-proprietor Philip Mancini. Guests are encouraged to wear fun and festive Mardi Gras attire and enjoy Big Easy-style drinks and dinner offerings such as Crawfish Étouffée, crab cakes, Jambalaya, Oysters Bienville, and much more.

Co-chairs are Steve Altier – who was a member of the inaugural Mardi Gras committee – and Angela Forson, who are 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. The Grand Marshal Sponsor is CS&L CPAs.

“We are thrilled and proud to have reached the fifteenth year of this fun and festive event,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Gray Videnka. “The proceeds from Mardi Gras help those with barriers to employment find career opportunities and move toward self-sufficiency. We are grateful to Michael’s On East for its continued partnership as well as to our generous event sponsors and supporters for helping to make our life-changing work possible.”

Tickets are $175 per person; 100% of proceeds from the event support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work. Go to or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 251 for reservations or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Photo ID: Mardi Gras Gala co-chairs Angela Forson (left) and Steve Altier with Goodwill Manasota’s mascot, Good Willy

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.