Pathways, Inc. Announces 2019 Mardi Gras Gala Fundraiser

Monday, February 4, 2019
Pathways, Inc. Announces 2019 Mardi Gras Gala Fundraiser

Corning, NY—February 4, 2019—Pathways, Inc. and presenting sponsor Chemung Canal Trust Company, are pleased to announce the Mardi Gras Gala: Bourbon Street fundraiser benefiting the Erwin Child & Family Center (ECFC) on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 6:30–9:30 pm in the Auditorium at The Corning Museum of Glass.

The ECFC Fundraiser has been going strong for 15 years and was formerly known as Chili & Chocolate, Wine & Beer. The 2019 fundraiser will support an update to parental communication technology tools, broadening arts and language programming, and the replacement of aging classroom equipment.

Dr. Edward J. Lukomski, President and CEO of Pathways, Inc. commented, “Help us support the Erwin Child & Family Center by joining us for an evening of music and dance as we capture the spirit of Mardi Gras, without having to travel to New Orleans.”

The cost to attend is $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Throughout the night, guests will dance to Zydeco band, Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne, taste New Orleans-inspired food and desserts by local restaurants, sample bourbon from local distilleries, participate in our silent auction, and capture the moment in our photo booth with fun props and decorations.

Fun and festive attire is encouraged.

Guests can purchase tickets online by visiting the Pathways, Inc. Facebook page or


Taking the Northeast Zydeco scene by storm, Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne have been invited to play a variety of prestigious venues including the Rhythm and Roots Festival in Charlestown, RI, The Great Connecticut Cajun/Zydeco Music & Arts Festival, and the renowned Saratoga Springs Dance Flurry.


Betty Kay Bakery (beignets), Carey’s Brew House, Casa Larga Vineyards and Winery (wine), Connors Mercantile (Sweet Shop Chocolates), Corning Catering, Inc., Four Fights Distillery (bourbon and spirits), Iron Smoke Distillery (bourbon and spirits), Krooked Tusker Distillery (bourbon and spirits), The Lakeside Restaurant, Mooney’s Sports Bar & Restaurant, and The Park Inn


  • Bourbon tastings by local distilleries
  • Local restaurants featuring New Orleans-inspired appetizers and desserts
  • Photo Booth with free filmstrip to take home
  • Silent Auction & Gift Basket Raffle
  • Cash bar
  • Purchase a slice of the King’s Cake or play Heads and Tails for a chance to win a prize

Pathways, Inc. and the Erwin Child & Family Center would like to thank presenting sponsor Chemung Canal Trust Company, and supporting sponsors WENY-TV, Sound Communications, The Hilliard Corporation, Corning Incorporated Corporate Technology, Corning Incorporated Global Supply Management, Corning Incorporated MT&E, Corning Incorporated Workplace Services, Corning Enterprises, Safari Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Corning Credit Union, Neally-DeJong Company LLC, Three Rivers Development, Orthodontic Associates of the Southern Tier, and ServU, for their support.

For more information on the Mardi Gras Gala: Bourbon Street fundraiser or the Pathways, Inc. Erwin Child & Family Center, call Carol Berry, Director, Erwin Child & Family Center, (607) 962-0536 or visit hermes birkin


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