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Matlacha Hookers get into Mardi Gras

February 24, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Sunday afternoon, Alden Pines Country Club looked like Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras when the sellout crowd filled the clubhouse and patio for the Matlacha Hookers "Mardi Gras Madness."

"After several years of wine and cheese parties, we decided last year that since Mardi Gras in New Orleans begins on Feb. 17, and we were having our party on the 22nd that the event would be a Mardi Gras party," co-chair Barbara Jamison said. "We have Cajun foods of Gumbo from Slates in Cape Coral and jambalaya from Saltwater Smokehouse. Publix has donated cheese platters, wines are from DFV Wines and we have hand-painted glasses from Dot Mahan. CW Fudge is here as well as Cupcake Express who made King Cake Cupcakes."

All of the proceeds will benefit the Beacon of H.O.P.E. Seniors Program, which offers assistance with medical deductibles, Meals on Wheels, rent, water and phone, mammograms, lab work and prescriptions, dental care, food cards for in-between food stamps, support for grandparents who have to become parents, gas money for interviews and doctor appointments; property taxes, personal hygiene products, renew drivers license and senior events, such as balance, memory, health insurance and end of life care.

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Glasses designed and hand painted by Dot Mahan.


"I am excited about the wine tasting and the New Orleans-style cuisine," Tina Bush said. "We also have king cakes, chocolates, a silent auction, mystery wine raffle and live jazz music. We encouraged people to wear their best Mardi Gras attire and they did. Last year we raised $8,000 for the Beacon of H.O.P.E. in a three-hour time period this year we have a four hour event so we are hoping to do better than last year."



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