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Friday May 27th, 2016 2:43AM

Clarkesville gearing up for Mardi Gras

By Ken Stanford Reporter
CLARKESVILLE - Clarkesville Main Street presents the 2nd Annual Clarkesville Mardi Gras, designed to raise funds for the Downtown Façade Grant Program.

The event will be held at 6:30 Saturday, March 1 at the Clarkesville Event Center (Clarkesville Mill). Admission is $30/pp and includes a New Orleans-style dinner, a live DJ, dancing, a cash bar, silent auction, crowning of the King and Queen, a Photo Booth and party favors.

All monies raised from this event will go toward the Clarkesville Façade Grant Program.

The Facade Grant Program makes funds available for façade improvements in downtown Clarkesville.

Commercial property owners or commercial tenants may receive reimbursement of up to 50 percent (not to exceed $2,500) of the cost of an approved façade renovation.

Since 2010, thirteen downtown businesses have received financial assistance through this grant, including:

Bob and Ted's Trophy Shop
Haberham Community Theater
The Attic Restaurant
The Baron-York Building
Royal Foods (Gulf Station)
Greenway Salon
A Garden for Wellness (2013)
All Occasion Flowers
The Wishing Well
The Service Agency
A Garden for Wellness (2014)
The Jackson Building
Aurora Falls Massage Studio

Ther goal is to raise $10,000 from the Mardi Gras event as well as private donations. Private sponsors of the Facade Grant receive publicity perks and recognition for each completed project.

For more information on the Facade Grant, or to make a private donation, call or email Clarkesville Main Street at 706-754-2220
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