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Perham Mardi Gras date set

The Perham Lakes Lions are gearing up for the 7th annual Mardi Gras, to be held on Friday, February 1, 2008. Proceeds from the event go to support local and Lions projects.

There is a limited number of tickets available, so interested parties are encouraged to purchase them as soon as possible.

During the evening's events, Mary Thomas, former principal of St. Henry's Area School, will be presented with the 2008 Community Service Award.

Jeanette Holm, also known as "The Hat Lady", will be the Mardi Gras celebration's entertainer. She has been sharing humorous and motivational presentations throughout the Midwest since 1997.

Jeanette retired from a 42 year teaching career in 2003. Her work included development of the GED and Special Education programs in North Dakota Youth Correctional Facility in Mandan where she worked for 36 years. She was also named National Teacher of the Year in 1988 by the National Correctional Education Association.

Jeanette's husband Logan travels with her and helps her tote her collection of over 600 hats, dating back to the 1700's, which she incorporates into her presentations.