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Mardi Gras event raises thousands for LCHRC

MardiGras_12Lamar County Human Resources Council raised several thousand dollars through its annual Mardi Gras fundraiser Friday.

The funds help LCHRC deliver more than 500 meals a day through its Meals on Wheels program or 120,000 a year.

“This might be the only contact these people have during the day and the only meal,” said Lisa Spann, board treasurer.

Each meal costs about $6, she said. Government funding covers $4.95, leaving $160,000 a year to be raised locally.

“That does not include the individuals and senior citizens who are on a waiting list,” Spann said. “Keep your focus on the cause.”

A live auction raised more than $14,000, including the traditional “king cake” that sold for $1,400. The goal each year is to have it bring at least $1,200 — the amount it takes to feed a person for one year.

More funds were raised through a silent auction and donations for personalized photographs.

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