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The dice will be rolling and the scent of jambalaya and King Cake will be in the air when the Junior Auxiliary hosts its annual Mardi Gras Bunko Bash March 4 at Clinton’s National Guard armory on Northside Drive.

Registration is ongoing for the nonprofit’s main fundraiser, with profits going to fuel Junior Auxiliary’s hands-on, year round service projects benefiting Clinton’s children and families, with a special emphasis on children most in need.

“This fun event is open to everyone, and it will raise funds for our community wide service projects,” said Junior Auxiliary President Alisa Taylor. “Every year, dozens of ladies gather for an evening of fun and friendship and the chance to win prizes and bid on an array of silent auction merchandise.”

Those wishing to play are encouraged to register in advance, Taylor said. Registration is $30 per person, and all receive a T-shirt and will enjoy a delicious spread of Mardi Gras party favorites including King Cake, jambalaya and bread pudding.

Those attending the Fat Tuesday event can put together a four-man team in advance, or “just come on your own. We always assemble lots of teams at the event for the participants who come ready to throw the bunco dice and have a great time,” Taylor said.

Chapter fundraising chairman Shaquita Burke said the 6:30-9 p.m. annual event gets more popular every year.

“This is one of JA's largest and most prized fundraisers,” Burke said. “Not only are we raising money to support our projects, we offer the community a chance to socialize and meet great people. We are asking people to come out and help in our efforts to support the kids in the Clinton school district with a night of Mardi Gras fun!”

Forms are available on the Junior Auxiliary of Clinton’s Facebook page or from Burke at or 601-918-5670. Completed forms can be mailed to the Junior Auxiliary of Clinton, P.O. Box 593, Clinton, MS 39060

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