New for this year is a change of name, from Mardi Gras Ball to Children's Charity Ball, in order to better highlight the purpose of the event, which is to raise funds for JAL's programs benefiting the children of Marshall County.
Also new is the inclusion of a silent auction. If you've never seen one of these before, here's how it works. The auction items are on display, and a minimum bid is posted. You write your name and your bid on the sign-up sheet. Then someone else can come along and write in their name and a higher bid. You can go back and up your bid, and so on, until time is called at about 9:30 p.m. and the highest bidder wins.
See Wednesday's Tribune for the complete story.