Black Friday alternative: Become an art critic

FORT MITCHELL, KY (FOX19) - Beginning Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the public is invited to cast their vote for the best-designed poster for the 2014 Mardi Gras for Homeless Children that is held in Covington, KY each year.

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell will be the event sponsor for 23rd annual Mardi Gras for Homeless Children on Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  The proceeds from the Mardi Gras go to four area shelters that provide essential care to homeless children and their families.  They are Bethany House Services of Cincinnati and Mercy Health – St. John in Cincinnati, and Brighton Center's Homeward Bound and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc. in Covington.  Together these agencies serve each year more than 40,000 needy individuals in our community.

"We are thrilled to be working with Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell as the very first Mardi Gras Presenting Sponsor in our events 23-year history," said Chairman of the event, Gordon Snyder. The Mardi Gras has raised more than $1,100,000 for homeless children and we look forward to this partnership assisting us to raise even more."

The public will have the opportunity to view the eleven poster designs on display in the Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell showroom from 9-6 p.m. from November 29th through December 7th, 2013.   Students from the AIC College of Design (aka The Art Institute of Cincinnati) have submitted entries that have been narrowed down to the top selections. The winning design will ultimately be displayed in hundreds of locations around the tri-state during the event ticket sale phase.

"The students take great pride in their Mardi Gras poster design work and welcome the additional exposure and recognition for the charities, their work and AIC's participation," said Randall Zimmerman, one of AIC's Graphic Design Instructors. Zimmerman says AIC boasts a new 3 year Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design Program designed to allow students to enter the workforce faster than traditional programs with 25% less debt.

The Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell Mardi Gras event takes place March 4th at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

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