Saturday night was a big night of the Southeastern Indiana Child Advocacy Center — and for Switzerland County’s J.J. and Gayle Sullivan.
The Child Advocacy Center holds a Mardi Gras event each year as a fundraiser for the organization; and as a part of that event, each county that CAC serves nominates a couple from that county to compete to be named as the King and Queen of the Mardi Gras.
This year’s Switzerland County representatives to the event was the Sullivans, with “votes” coming from donations made in honor of the county’s candidates.
The couple with the most donations earns the title of King and Queen.
This past Saturday night, the event was held at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, and when the announcement was made of the winners, it was historic.
J.J. and Gayle Sullivan had set an all time record for fundraising, bringing in a total of $33,923.
Second place was the couple from Jefferson County with $8,810; followed by Dearborn County with a total of $4,655; Ripley County with a total of $4,173; and Ohio County with a total of $3,854.
Overall, the five couples raised a record total for the event of $55,415 — but the bulk of that record came from the efforts of the Sullivans and the Switzerland County community that supported them.