BEF Mardi Gras Bash FAQ

When and where is this event?
Our Mardi Gras Bash is on Saturday, February 3, from 7pm to 11pm. We’re excited to host this year’s event at a new venue–the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington.

Where is that place?
The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 5 Wheeler Road in Burlington. Just past the Burlington Mall on Middlesex Turnpike, take a left at the Dunkin Donuts onto Wheeler Road. The hotel is 0.2 mile down the road on your left. Or, you can shoot right up 128N to the mall exit – you will see the hotel coming down the ramp. Then, take a left onto Middlesex Turnpike and the next left onto Wheeler Road.

How much are tickets and where do I get them?
Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at our website––through Monday, January 29. If you don’t buy your tickets by the deadline, tickets will be available for $60 at the door.

When should I buy tickets?
The sooner the better! If you are planning on going, we encourage you to buy tickets NOW. It will greatly help us in planning how much food to provide and how many beads and other items to purchase.

What should I wear?
Good question! There are no requirements here. Wear what you would to any festive gathering, and if you are so inclined, add some Mardi Gras flair! Some people may wear PURPLE, GOLD, or GREEN, take the opportunity to wear something SPARKLY, or wear Mardi Gras themed accessories–MASKS, BEADS, HATS, etc.–OR all of the above!

Trust us, a good time will be had by all no matter what you are wearing! There will be beads available at the event with a chance to ‘win’ more throughout the evening, but feel free to come wearing more of your own as well.

Will I need cash?
The bar is cash only, but we will accept all major credit cards, cash, or checks for the raffle, silent auction, and tickets at the door.

Will there be food?
Yes! We will provide a selection of stationary and passed appetizers throughout the evening.

Do I have to be a Bedford resident to attend?
No. If you have friends and family who are interested in a fun night out and supporting our schools, bring them along. The more the merrier!

Is this a family event?
No. This event is adults-only.

What are you raising funds for anyway?
Great question! The Bedford Education Foundation, established in 2008, provides grants to support innovation and creativity at all four of Bedford’s Public Schools. Find out more about us at

What if I can’t go to the Bash, but I’d still like to support the BEF?
Thanks! You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Bedford Education Foundation here.

I have a question about your event. Who should I contact?
Send an email to BEF Co-Presidents Meg McAllister and Jen Kelley at and they will be happy to answer any questions.

We hope to see you there!
The BEF Bash Planning Committee
Lisa Gedaminsky, Lisa Harrell, Jen Kelley, & Meg McAllister

Bash:date:venue:time 2018 v2