Ursuline News

Q&A with the 2023 Mardi Gras Chairs

The 2023 Mardi Gras Chairs Karis Gross, Jessica Morris, and Audrey Tinker answer questions about this year's events:

Tell us about the event:

  • Community Party: Saturday, January 28, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Haggar Center. Tickets on sale now.
  • Patron Party: Friday, February 23, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Old Parkland Campus.
  • Virtual Auction: Opens 7:00 a.m. on February 19, and closes 10:00 p.m. on February 25.

Purchase event tickets and sign up for the virtual auction.

What are you most excited for?

Where do we begin?! We are so excited for SO many reasons!

This year, the Community Party will be held on the Ursuline campus on Saturday, January 28. New this year: our kick-off event will feature DJ Soulja and an all-white, light up casino! There will also be signature drinks provided by Sotol, a live paddle raise, and our first-ever Wishing Wall. Passed hor d'oeuvres and a dessert bar will also be served. This party will not be one to miss!

The Community Party is just the beginning of our efforts to bring support to fund scholarships for our deserving Ursuline students. With three upcoming events to choose from, there's something for everyone!

Why is this event special to you?

As the Mardi Gras Co-Chairs, we have been honored to plan and be a part of these upcoming festive and fun events, all with the common goal to raise scholarship funds. We are extremely proud to be making a difference in the lives of very deserving young women and their families, as we work to ensure that they will be afforded the same education our three daughters have. We could not ask to be a part of anything more special!

Why should you participate?

We have numerous new festivities this year for you to participate in!

The Community Party will be held the evening of January 28, on the Ursuline Campus. As mentioned above, there will be entertainment by DJ Soulja, an all-white, light up casino, fun signature spirits, and a live paddle raise to get the party started.

In addition, we will once again host a Patron Party on February 23, at Old Parkland. This is an intimate gathering to thank our most generous supporters. This event will also feature light bites, entertainment, and a very special patron gift to express our sincerest gratitude. 

We will also be using GiveSmart again this year, for our virtual bidding. This makes the experience of bidding available to everyone across the country in a very user-friendly way! The online bidding option will run the week of February 19, and close the evening of February 25. 

This year, Campisi's has generously offered to give our community an exclusive dinner discount the evening of February 25, giving our community the opportunity to gather in small groups while bidding together and enjoying a delicious dinner. 

We have many wonderful Big Board & Silent Auction items available this year and we can’t wait to celebrate Mardi Gras 2023 with you all!

Learn more about Mardi Gras 2023.