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UCAN to Host Second Annual Mardi Gras Gala on February 16

Posted January 29, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Urbandale

Urbandale, IA — January 28, 2013 — “We had such a great time last year and the event was such a success, we just had to do it again this year!” said Betty Devine, UCAN Events Committee chair.   The Urbandale Community Action Network (UCAN) is hosting the second annual Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Road in Urbandale.  The event begins at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

“This has now become UCAN’s signature event,” said Devine.   The black-tie optional event will again feature New Orleans themed food, a Dixieland Jazz Band and the opportunity to purchase “King Cakes” to win fabulous prizes.  “Last year we sold 350 King Cakes in about 8 minutes, so this year we’ve added another 150 cakes!” said Devine.  Tickets are $50 per individual and $500 for a table of eight. Mardi Gras Masks are $10 each. Both are available for purchase at, or by calling the UCAN office at 278-3936.

New this year are even bigger and better prizes including:
A $2000 diamond pendant from Christopher’s Fine Jewelry
4 Tickets to a Disney property
2 Southwest Airline Tickets
A Free week stay in a Florida Condo
Free flowers a month for a year from Plaza Florists
Free BMW weekend car rental from European Motor Cards
Golf packages, electronics, restaurant gift cards and much more!

“The Mardi Gras Gala has become our largest fundraiser,” said Devine.  “All proceeds  support such UCAN programs as Backpack Buddies, Whiz Kids, UCAN Achieve, Movies-in-the Park, Strengthening Neighborhoods and many other community activities in Urbandale.”

The Urbandale Community Action Network (UCAN) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization serving as a catalyst for positive community action and spirit in Urbandale.  UCAN is focusing on ways to impact the community today and define what Urbandale should look like in the year 2017, the city’s 100th birthday.

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