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Annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball

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The Junior Board of Rock Island invites you to share in its ongoing commitment to the Quad Cities. For more than eighty years, Junior Board members have strived to serve the children of our community by raising money and volunteering for local organizations. Last year our members volunteered over 4,000 hours and Junior Board donated over $50,000 to local charities championing children’s causes. We are proud to say that over the years, we have contributed over $1.7 million in donations to child-related programs in our community. 

The Mardi Gras Charity Ball, beyond being a local tradition, is Junior Board’s most successful fundraiser. The monies generated from the Ball allow Junior Board to assist local organizations in providing quality programming and services to area youth.  This year, the 85th Annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball will be held on February 10, 2024, at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. It will feature the theme “Colors of Calypso.”

The event will feature a cocktail hour, silent auction, live auction, and dinner prior to the highlight of the evening, the presentation of the Royal Court and coronation of our King and Queen. For ticket information, please contact Beth Behrends at We hope you will attend this year’s black-tie event.

Whether or not you are able to attend the Ball, please consider making a donation and becoming a patron of the event. All patrons will be recognized in a booklet distributed at the Mardi Gras Charity Ball, with special recognition for those who have supported Junior Board for 45 years or more. Donations may be mailed to Junior Board of Rock Island, PO Box 6041, Rock Island, Illinois 61204-6041 or you may use the donate link above.