The online, rather than live, auction provides an opportunity for people to support the Clay Center and the Charleston Ballet even if they do not attend the event.
But attending and dressing the part are more fun.
"We just encourage everyone to reach out to their imaginations, and whatever Mardi Gras means to them, just do it," Coffman said.
Tickets are $200 per person. Guests must be at least 21 years of age. Masks and costumes are encouraged for the black-tie-optional event. Visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3521.
Voodoo on the Bayou
WHAT: New Orleans-style Carnaval
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19
WHERE: Clay Center
TICKETS: $175 per person, $200 at the door
INFO: 304-561-3521 or www.theclaycenter.org
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.