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A Royally Good Time: Colliers Raise $26K At Children’s Advocacy Center Mardi Gras Ball

Posted On February 13, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

Lance and Katie Collier of Switzerland County were crowned the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, February 10. Photo provided.

(Switzerland County, Ind.) – The Mardi Gras King and Queen of southeastern Indiana reside in Switzerland County.

Katie and Lance Collier raised the most money to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana at the Mardi Gras Ball held at the Lawrenceburg Event Center on Saturday, February 10.

The Colliers brought in $26,569 to support the CAC and win the king and queen contest. It’s the first time Switzerland County has claimed the Mardi Gras crowns since the annual fundraising party began four years ago.

“We would like to thank the Switzerland County community for its overwhelming support of the Children’s Advocacy Center,” said Katie Collier. “The generosity of our community is amazing and the donations made will help hundreds of children in southeastern Indiana. Raising the money was fun but the most important part for us was raising awareness of what the center does and why it is needed.”

Couples representing each of the eight counties served by the CAC – Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland – competed for the crowns. In all, they raised $58,231. The couples included Jessie and Tim Doll of Dearborn County, Karen and Christian Rust of Decatur County, Donna Datillo-Jackson and Josh Webb of Jefferson County, Kristen and Brian Earls of Ohio County, and Whitney and Tyler Bond of Ripley County.

More than 500 people attended the ball, which has become one of the best and largest annual social gatherings in the southeastern Indiana region.

Combined with the auction and silent auction, organizers say the entire event raised more than $100,000 for the CAC. A final total is still being counted as of Tuesday.

You can donate to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana online anytime at http://cacsoutheast.org/donate.php.