“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year for the hospital. All the funds (raised here) go back to the hospital for needed services, programs, medical equipments and renovations,” ECRMC Foundation Board Executive Director Marty Dineley said.
Held at the Barbara Worth Resort and Country Club, the party kicked off to much success, with more than 200 people attending the colorfully decorated event and coronation.
The first married couple to win the honors of El Centro Mardi Gras king and queen was Milton and Shirley McShan, who were very grateful for their community’s nominations and win.
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“We are very honored and humbled that we were chosen for this. We didn’t expect this and never thought about,” Milton said.
Owners of the local business Hour Photo, the McShans are both very involved in the community, having donated and sponsored various local sports leagues, the Kiwanis Club, Shop with the Cop events and a variety of El Centro special events and programs, as well as having been involved in senior programs.
The two were crowned following a live auction, which included a variety of items such as an iPad Mini, autographed sports memorabilia, and various packaged items valued ranging from $450 to $700.
The Mardi Gras fun will continue with El Centro’s Mardi Gras Light Parade and Street Festival celebration Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. near the El Centro downtown area.
Looking forward to the event and their new royal duties, Shirley McShan said she’ll be prepared for the big day.
“We look forward to the parade and seeing you all there. I’ll be practicing my wave,” Shirley said.
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