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Llano Celebrates Mardi Gras
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 4, 2009

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Llano at the 4th Annual LMHS Mardi Gras Ball. Sponsored by the Llano Memorial Healthcare System Foundation, the gala event scheduled for Saturday, February 21st at the Oestreich Rose in Llano is sure to be the party of the year with all of the fanfare that one expects with Mardi Gras.

Entertainment at the Ball will be provided by the “sax man” Elliott Fikes and Soul Serenade, a dynamic, hi-energy group. Fikes, the band’s leader, is a talented saxophonist who also sings lead and performs cover tunes by Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Louis Armstrong, James Brown, and many more, as well as some soulful originals. The group will perform music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as well as a little country and western, Cajun, funk, jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul.

Phyllis Alexander, President of the LMHS Foundation said, “Costumes are optional, but they really help make the evening extra special. Anyone who has ever attended Mardi Gras in New Orleans knows the wilder and crazier the costume, the better.”

Proceeds from this year’s gala will help with the purchase of a new ambulance for Llano County EMS. According to Alexander, “We are grateful for the community support we are seeing with this event. Thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Llano National Bank, Buttery Inc., Corner Drug, D. Lance Center C.P.A., Bowen’s Pharmacy in Kingsland, Northwood Health Care Center, Miiller’s Llano Smokehouse, Hill Country Asset Management Raymond James, Inc., Hoerster Physician Group, Hill Country Bone Density, and Scott & White. Emerald Sponsors include First State Bank Llano Branch, Nailhead Spur Co. & Griff’s Catering, and Jay & Gennie Ward of Tow.”

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Mardi Gras Ball, contact LMHS Foundation at 325 247-7824.

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