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Supporting At-Risk Youth in Williamson County

Supporting At-Risk Youth in Williamson County

My Friend’s House Mardi Gras Ball puts the fun in fundraising

Franklin, TN December 1, 2022– The Mardi Gras Ball is a unique event that provides an opportunity to celebrate with those in the community who share the same vision and heart for the special at-risk youth served at My Friend’s House Family & Children’s Services. All funds raised will go to My Friend’s House operating budget and to support their mission of providing a home for young men ages 12 to 18 with a balance of safety, structure, encouragement, care, and expectations.

This year will be the 19th annual Mardi Gras Ball and will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Cool Springs located at 820 Crescent Centre Drive in Franklin, Tennessee. A cocktail hour will precede the event beginning at 5:30 and will allow guests to vote for their favorite candidates for Mardi Gras King and Queen.

Every year, amazing couples volunteer for the Mardi Gras Ball Royal Court. With a unique voting system, nominees battle each other to see who can raise the most money and become the King and Queen of the Royal Court. The 2023 Mardi Gras Ball Royal Court nominees are: Sydney Duncan and Tad Martin, Brandon and Kate Hagan, and Taylor Hood and Bethany Holton.

“The Mardi Gras Ball is the most fun-filled and exciting evening that allows our community members to raise much needed funding for My Friend’s House,” Says Kaitlyn Dixon, Executive Development Director of My Friend’s House. “Our Court Couples encourage their friends to help provide financial support and help us bring in new donors and volunteers every year. This Ball is critical to the agency’s operating support by providing nearly 25% of our annual overhead.”

The Ball will also include a four-course dinner and dancing with live music provided, and three signature cocktails available that will benefit My Friend’s House and the couples vying for the coveted titles of Mardi Gras King and Queen. Tickets for the event are $250 each, $2,000 for a table of eight, or $3,000 for a table of twelve. Sponsorships are available ranging from $1,000 – $20,000.

The Mardi Gras Ball has a reputation for being a highlight of the year for fundraising events in Williamson County because of the fun and exciting atmosphere. The evening commences with a lively, Mardi-Gras-like-parade entrance and includes top-notch entertainment, first-class cuisine, an informative program, the revealing of the Mardi Gras Ball King and Queen, and culminates, of course, with dancing throughout the night.

Mardi Gras Ball is an event not to be missed with all proceeds benefiting My Friend’s House.

If you would like more information about My Friend’s House or the Mardi Gras Ball, visit My Friend’s House Website at, or contact Kaitlyn Dixon at 615.790.8553 or