On January 1, Calvert community members joined 2016 United Way Mardi Gras Queen hopeful Misty Gibson at the third annual Polar Bear Plunge at Stoney’s in Broomes Island. Participants enjoyed food, beer, and raffles and plunged into Patuxent River on the chilly first day of the year. The Polar Bear Plunge benefited the United Way of Calvert County and Gibson’s campaign to win the United Way of Calvert County Mardi Gras Queen title in March.
The annual Mardi Gras event is “Southern Maryland’s exclusive red carpet event.” Hosted at Annmarie Garden in Solomons, MD, this event is designed to benefit the United Way of Calvert County’s Community impact fund. Below is a description of Mardi Gras from the United Way web page:
“The black tie affair attracts hundreds of costumed revelers out to dance and dine the night away to live music in a New Orleans setting, enjoy antics of street performers, relish the taste of gourmet Cajun cuisine, test their luck at the auction or jewelry raffle and revel in the elaborate King and Queen crowning ceremony…all part of the magic of Mardi Gras!”
Misty Gibson is a resident of Huntingtown, MD and the owner of Tint Works Plus. Gibson is one of three candidates for the “Mardi Gras Queen” title in Calvert County. The court vies for the title by raising money for the United Way. Each dollar that the candidates raise counts as a vote, and the candidates hold multiple fundraising events in the community leading up to the Mardi Gras event in March. Gibson says that events like the Polar Bear Plunge are “a great experience” because they allow her to meet new people. For Gibson, “it’s not about the crown, it’s about helping others in Calvert.” Follow her at Vote Misty Gibson Mardi Gras Queen 2016.
The 17th Annual United Way Mardi Gras Gala is on March 5, 2016 at Annmarie Garden. For ticket inquiries, visit unitedwaycalvert.org.
Alexya Brown / Calvert Beacon Intern