The 2018 Mardi Gras Bash: Fun and Funds for the Bedford Education Foundation


Submitted by Bedford Education Foundation

Just one of the fanciful masks at the 2018 BEF Mardi Gras Bash – Image (c) Shannon Dillon, Creative Images, all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

The Bedford Education Foundation held their eighth annual Winter Bash fundraiser on February 3. This year’s BEF Mardi Gras Bash was their most successful yet, raising almost $30,000 to support creativity and innovation in Bedford’s schools.

No thematic detail was spared in bringing Bourbon Street to Bedford, and once again, the BEF successfully blended their goals of providing an energetic and fun-filled evening for adults, while supporting all students throughout the school system.

Click this link to view more than 100 of Shannon Dillon/Creative Images party pictures  or, thanks to Shannon’s generosity, you can visit her website, Creative Images Boston, click on the BEF Bash album, then select individual prints for a free download.

Images in the gallery below are (c) Shannon Dillon, Creative Images, all rights reserved – click twice on each image to see it full size

One hundred and seventy-five guests, donning beads, masks, and other festive Mardi Gras garb, were treated to a true New Orleans-esque experience, complete with jazz and dance music, sparkling décor, and a green-screen photo booth to rival the French Quarter itself. Guests also participated in an extensive silent auction and raffle, and a friendly, yet highly entertaining competition to win beads, culminating in the crowning of Bedford resident David Trant as BEF Mardi Gras King!

The funds raised from the Bash will go directly towards the funding of teacher-directed grants in all four of Bedford’s schools. After funding sixteen grants, totaling over $25,000, during the 2017-2018 school year, the BEF Grant Committee is looking forward to another successful grant cycle in July.

The entire BEF board would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to the many volunteers, including several school administrators, who lent so much of their time and creativity to help this event become a reality. Huge thanks also goes out to Creative Images Photography Boston for donating their photography services, really capturing the spirit of the event through wonderful candid images.

Finally, a very special thank you to the BEF corporate sponsors, as well as to the local businesses who donated items and services for the silent auction and raffle, for their incredible generosity. The funds raised will go directly to Bedford’s educators, a bi-annual endeavor that would not be possible without their support and commitment to the community.

BEF Mardi Gras Bash Sponsors:

  • Salutatorian: Brookline Bank, Marty and Ann Guay
  • Summa Cum Laude: Barrett Sothebys International Realty
  • Magna Cum Laude: Emerson Hospital, Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Middlesex Savings Bank, Suzanne & Company
  • Cum Laude: Callahan’s Karate, Coppe + Sears Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics, Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami, P.C.
  • Friends of the BEF: Bedford Family & Laser Dentistry, Design 1 Kitchen & Bath, GrooveWrx, Marquis Tree Service, New England Nurseries, Patriot Pediatrics, Bill Poirier of First Choice Loan Services, Inc., Renzo Hair Salon, Chris K. Smith of Capstone Mortgage

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