ASBURY PARK, N.J., Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Equipped with its own Mystic Krewe, the pomp and pageantry of a traditional Mardi Gras Ball will debut 7 pm Feb 23 at The Asbury, located at 210 Fifth Ave in Asbury Park.
Mardi Gras by the Shore is put forth by the Brian Holland Legacy Foundation, created last year to honor the life of a local resident with a penchant for elevating those around him.
The celebratory event aims to financially support the three pillars on which the nonprofit was founded - LGBTQ support, education and legacy.
Holland, a 10-year Asbury Park resident, was struck and fatally injured last year by an NJ Transit train at the Sunset Avenue crossing. The 37-year-old served as Regional Director of Employee Experience at The Asbury.
The inaugural Mardi Gras Ball, complete with music, dancing, a presentation of the Mardi Gras Krewe and the Royal Court, is a black tie/costume gala that will pay tribute to the Jersey Shore itself, said Dembrun, who is continuing a New Orleans tradition that began in 1973 by his adopted grandmother Mary Katherine Lonatro Tusa. At its peak, 600 plus members worked throughout the year to raise funding support for worthy causes.
This year Asbury Park residents Jon Biondo and Michelle Gladden will serve as King and Queen of the Mystic Krewe.
"This is someone who lives without borders and makes a lasting impact on every person that they encounter - like Brian," Dembrun said. "Brian was a selfless person who would sacrifice his time, energy, and money to charitable causes all across Asbury Park. He was an advocate for those whose voice wasn't loud enough to reach the platforms that could make a difference. In meetings, conversations, discussions, and at events, Brian spoke up for those who could not speak for themselves."
View the Mardi Gras BHLF video: https://vimeo.com/308941531/b28d7c48f7
View the Brian Holland Leave a Legacy Video: https://vimeo.com/299982359
SOURCE Brian Holland Legacy Foundation