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2020 Mardi Gras

The Junior Board of Rock Island presents the 81st Annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball on Saturday, February 22, 2020 to be held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa. This year’s theme is “Havana Hideaway.”

2020 Mardi Gras Chairs

Co-Chairs Mary Essman and Donna Lough look forward to whisking our Mardi Gras guests away to a tropical paradise, complete with cabana stations, a specialty drink menu, and of course delicious food and friends all gathering in generosity to help facilitate the needs of Quad City-area children. Once again, we will also be holding both live and silent auctions as one of our primary sources of fundraising. It is because of the continued generosity from community-minded individuals and businesses like yours, that we succeed, thank you! All funds raised are directly donated back to our Quad Cities community. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!

We are delighted to announce this year's MC: Kai Swanson, and our 2020 Crown Bearers: Logan Bain and Brelyn Jackson. The Royal Court Attendants are: Emma Marie Beierlein, Lauren Blair Belsey, Elyse Corinne O'Brien, Hannah Claire Simmer, Jennifer Lynn Stickell, Caroline Coin Voss, and Madison Marie Wenthe, and its Pages are: Brody James Doonan, Kyle Joseph Gant, Sam Michael Hass, Dylan James Hillbloom, Dayne Patrick Hodge, Jonathan Christian Knuth, Mason Bryce Love, Zachary Robert Otten-Thoms, Caleb John Sharer, Tommy Daniel Smith, and Thomas John Welch.

Schedule of Events
Silent Auction open at 6:00 pm and closing at the conclusion of Coronation
Cocktail Reception 6:00 to 7:30 pm
(A photographer will be available for formal photos during this time)
Dinner 7:30 pm
Live Auction 8:30 pm
Coronation 9:00 pm
Dancing until 1:00 am

Our annual event includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing at a local Quad Cities convention center with an auction benefitting our community and Project Nest. More about Junior Board of Rock Island’s fundraising events and community project read more here.

Junior Board of Rock Island is excited to share its online silent and live auction Web link for our guests and friends to view prior to our Mardi Gras gala coming up this weekend! Bidding on silent auction items is live via the Web site:! Thanks to our generous donors, we have 9 live auction items this year and 81 silent auction items! From backstage passes to wine, have fun viewing and bidding on this year's gift items! See you at Havana Hideaway on February 22!

Sponsorship and Auction Forms

Business Sponsorship Commitment Form

Silent Auction Commitment Form

Please feel free to contact JBRI fundraising chair: Emily Allen at

Mardi Gras Tickets Online
Our Mardi Gras Tickets can be purchased online. Early bird tickets are available through the 5th of February for $95, all tickets purchased after February 5th are $110. There is a $7.50 per ticket convenience fee to purchase online through Eventbrite.

Tickets may be purchased below or by contacting Beth Behrends at or 309-912-5966

Register Online through our Eventbrite page!