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The snow and cold chills melted away as the "The Islands are Calling" 28th Annual Washtenaw Community College Foundation's Mardi Gras got underway on Saturday, February 1, 2014!

There were no winter blues among the 300 finely dressed guests as they stepped into a tropical night of food, spirits, and music. After a welcome of flowered leis and a specialty "Sex on the Beach" cocktail, the guests were pulled into the warmth of the night by the amazing music flowing from John E Lawrence (WCC Musical Performance professor) accompanied by five WCC Music Performance alums-John Dulph, Emmanuel Fields, Gwyneth Hayes, Athena Johnson, and Pat Middlestat. The flowing spirits, both Tiki and liquid, and the lavish and incredibly delicious displays of food for the appetizer, dinner, and dessert tables were over the top. The Band L’USA, closing out the night, rocked the house with their music and vocals while the guests danced till the very end.

For 28 years, the WCC Foundation has offered Mardi Gras guests an opportunity to share in the fabulous food and merriment as they raise funds that benefit the students of Washtenaw Community College.

This year, our generous sponsors and guests raised $103,000! "You are Amazing, Thank You!"

Special thanks to the event co-chairs Mike & Carole Galea and Sabrina Keeley & Ed Poisson, the Mardi Gras committees, the WCC Foundation staff, and the WCC Culinary Arts & Hospitality department, along with celebrity guest chefs that prepared culinary delights and mentored the WCC students in the process:

  • Chef Raven Crane, Katherine’s Catering & Events
  • Chef Cheryl Hanewich, La Dolce Vita
  • Chef Ramon Herrera, Arts Institute
  • Chef Kyle Kooyers, Fabulous Foods
  • Chef Gary Marquardt, The Martha Cook Bldg at University of Michigan
  • Chef Ala Merhar, Evan Street Station & The Glass House Cafe
  • Chef Joseph Nader, Levy Restaurants at Ford Field
  • Chef Brian Reyes, Kensington Court
  • Chef Terrence Traver, The Inn at St. John
  • Chef Gabriel Vera, Lena

And to our WCC Culinary department Chefs Terri Herrera, Carol Calder Deinzer, Sharyl Politi and Chris Troiano and their lab assistants, the WCC hospitality Chef Alice Gannon Boss, the PTK WCC Honor Society students coat check, and to all the WCC students and staff who worked so hard to make this Mardi Gras top notch.

You’re the Best!!

Lastly, a Very Special Thank You to all the sponsors and numerous volunteers, whose generous support and gifts of time and talent, made this event so special!

Please enjoy the recap photos taken by our WCC 2014 Advanced Digital Photography students, Jessica Protetch, Shannon Vandervennet, and Christine Zuke as well as the photos of past Mardi Gras’ on Flickr.

2014 Portraits | 2014 Candids
2013 Portraits | 2013 Candids

And mark your calendars for next year-Saturday, February 7, 2015 to join in the fun!!