The Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter of the Links, Inc. hosted the signature fundraiser “Linking Heart & Soul” Mardi Gras & Casino Night Celebration featuring casino games, New Orleans style cuisine and live entertainment on Oct. 15 at the AmericasMart.

The organization raised $45,000 for non-profit partners: Living Water for Girls, a therapeutic residential program providing professional services and care for girls 12 to 18 years old who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation; Jerusalem House, Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent housing for Atlanta’s low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS; and the Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club which provides developmental programs and services for youth.

Nearly 700 people including high profile executives and local politicians attended the gala and were entertained by multi-talented actor and comedian Jonathan Slocumb, second line band ATL Brass Connection and Sol Factor, one of Atlanta’s top R&B bands. The festive Mardi Gras themed celebration highlighted the traditions of New Orleans complete with creole style food and decorations, music, casino games, silent auction and raffles prizes.

“This is an opportunity for us to raise significant funds for our partners in an effort to make a difference in the lives of youth and families throughout Metro Atlanta and have fun at the same time,” said gala co-chair, Carolyn Young. “We have long-standing relationships with each of these organizations and we will continue to support them through volunteering our personal time and fundraising efforts.”

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