For the fifth year in a row, Peoples Bank and many generous local sponsors, have put their energy, staff, and finances behind Chester Gras, a Mardi Gras celebration that benefits our backpack programs. On February 10, 2018, rainy winter weather could not dampen the Chester Gras spirit, and a great time was had inside the warm tent on Spring Street. The event featured 10 delicious gumbos donated by area restaurants as well as some Cajun food, a silent auction, children’s activities, and lively music by Phil Dutton and the Alligators. Hundreds of people, many families with children, attended. The result? Over $9,600 raised for the Food Pantry to purchase food for the backpack programs. These volunteer run programs provide weekend food (in the students’ backpacks) for children in our public schools who live with food insecurity. Thank you everyone.

A Mardi Gras Dance Party was held in the evening at the Mainstay in Rock Hall.  All proceeds of this event were also donated to the Backpack Programs, totaling $2100.  Thanks especially to Carol Colgate at the Mainstay and Phil Dutton for making this happen!