021021_MNS_GRN_Mardi_Gras kayak

This green Vibe Yellowfin fishing kayak, courtesy of Vibe Kayaks, will be given to the winner of the raffle at the Mardi Gras Masquerade.

The Georgia River Network is letting the good times roll with its latest fundraiser.

The Athens-based nonprofit, whose mission is to preserve and protect the state’s rivers, will host the Mardi Gras Masquerade Feb. 16 (Fat Tuesday) from 5 to 7 p.m. to support the work to protect the Okefenokee Swamp from mining.

An in-person bonfire party will take place at the Conklin farm property in Sandy Springs and will include music from Rob Jordan.

The bonfire will be live-streamed, and an online raffle will also be live-streamed on Facebook starting. Raffle ticket purchases close at 6 p.m., and the drawing is at 6:45 p.m.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, and the winner will receive a green Vibe Yellowfin fishing kayak courtesy of Vibe Kayaks. Bonfire tickets are $50 and include a cool gaiter/mask and 10 raffle tickets.

Bonfire party tickets are $50 and include Mardi Gras masks and beads, Terrapin beer, sacks of Georgia peanuts and a Mardis Gras king cake.

Costumes are welcome, and a king and queen will be crowned, with the winners receiving an R.E.M. prize package.

To buy raffle tickets, visit https://bit.ly/39Cves4. To purchase bonfire tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2L7rFAD. To view the live-stream on Facebook, visit https://bit.ly/3r5EFGi.

For more information on the Network, visit www.garivers.org.

To view a video on the Okefenokee, visit https://bit.ly/36sWojd.

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