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Every year Everest women and friend gather on Fat Tuesday for an evening of fellowship and reflection before the Lenten season begins the next day. This year over 150 women gathered in Everest Collegiate High School & Academy’s gym. Each table is hosted by a woman who invites seven guests and provides the meal for her table.

“The sequins, candles, flowers, and the aroma of home cooked and Neiman’s purchased meals filled the academy gym. (Thank you, Neiman’s, for offering to provide meals for hostesses who wished to order meals for their tables from the store.) More importantly, friendship, laughter and a sense of community filled the hearts of the attendees at the annual Mardi Gras for Women event,” shared Cat Smith, advancement director, who helped organize this year’s event.

Gina Kell Spehn, the author of The Color of Rain, spoke about love, loss through cancer, and an undeniable truth that God is good.  Even in the face of pain and questioning why things have to happen a certain way, he is always there.  Her story was moving, at times funny, and always centered around God and his love.

And, if the night couldn’t get any better, the evening ended with three beautiful words: “snow day tomorrow!”

Many thank to all the hostesses, the event organizers, to the Everest Parent Program who sponsored and organized the event in previous years, and to Neiman’s Family Market.


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