16th Annual
2021 Mardi Gras in the Mountains

Cherokee & Gilmer Kings to come – please keep checking back!

Knights of Columbus • Georgia Mountains Hospice • Rotary Club of Jasper

A Gala Charity Event Celebrating Life

Enjoy a spectacular evening with fine dining, a great band, a fun silent auction, and the coronation of the 2021 King and Queen and Honor Court.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
6:30pm – 11:00pm
Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College
100 Campus Drive in Jasper, Georgia 30143
(black tie optional)

Reserve Your Table (Early Bird Discounts)

Until March 21, 2021
Single Ticket for $75.00
or purchase table of ten for $70.00 each ($700.00 total)

Individual Ticket

Table of Ten

March 22 – April 10, 2021
Single Ticket for $80.00
or purchase table of ten for $75.00 each ($750.00 total)

April 11 – April 24, 2021
Individual Tickets are $85.00 each
(no table discount)

Individual Tickets or Tables
Call 706-253-4100

Get In Touch

Mardi Gras in the Mountains
70 Caring Way
Jasper, GA 30143

Email Gina Pendley with any questions
Or Call 706-253-4100 or 800-692-7199
Cherokee Queen

DD Lee

$100 = 100 Votes
Cherokee King


$100 = 100 Votes. You may vote at any time up until the day of the event.
Gilmer Queen

Tiffany Watson

$100 = 100 Votes
Tiffany Watson currently lives in Ellijay Georgia. She attended Reinhardt College, graduating Cum Laude in 2002, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She began what has become a life of giving when she became the Director of Gilmer County Family Connection, a non-profit organization that brings community partners together to focus on pressing local issues that affect many families in this area. In 2014, she became a Board Member for Present Hope Ministry which provides education and food to children in Haiti. She became her own boss in 2014, when she opened her business Endless Ink, selling ink/toner for printers and copiers. She was honored in 2017, to become a certified Native American Business Owner. Currently serving as a board member for the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, and active liaison between the Board Members and the Chamber Ambassadors. Tiffany says her greatest “job” so far is being a mother to 3 young boys, one of whom has had health challenges. She has again turned these challenges into helping others by becoming an advocate for mothers of sick children, speaking at medical conferences and legislative meetings, giving a mother’s perspective on its impact on the family.
Gilmer King

Gilmer King

$100 = 100 Votes. You may vote for Gilmer King at any time up until the day of the event.
Pickens Queen

Kim Kinne-Ryan

$100 = 100 Votes.
Ask anyone who has ever met Kim Kinne-Ryan what they remember most about her and they will undoubtedly say her exuberance for life and her heart warming smile! A transplant to the North Georgia mountains since 2000, Kim and her husband, Jim, brought a bit of her hometown, Charleston, South Carolina to Jasper when they opened up their restaurant—The Last Catch. Ask the children she coached locally at Wildwood and Pickens High and you will hear a shrill of delight for a coach who led the local volleyball team to victory as well as children who learned kindness as well as sports. Ask her family and closest friends and you will know a woman who puts others before herself, has the hugest heart for people and animals while always looking to find the best and positive in every person and situation. Ask her son, Taylor, and you will learn about a soul who has persevered through the tragedy of losing his father (her husband and business partner) to cancer while keeping a local business thriving in the face of Covid and close downs. Ask her about why she supports Georgia Mountains Hospice and you will know the love she had for her husband, Jim, and how GMH showed such care and compassion for him in his final days. For Kim, being Queen is personal, because it allows her to raise money for an organization that was there for her and her family when she needed it the most. It allows her to be able to be a caring hand to another family facing loss. Ask me why I am writing this as no one knows her better than I do! I am casting my vote for my sister, Kim Kinne-Ryan, as Queen Nominee for Pickens County. —Marla Kinne Juliano (Kim chose a picture of her and Jim together since it represents their life and GMH)
Pickens King

Mark Mitton

$100 = 100 Votes.
When Mark Mitton walks into the room, everyone knows he has arrived! Not only because he stands above most with his tall stature, but because of his boisterous greetings of “How is everyone” or “Good morning” that can be heard by everyone in the building. Mark and his lovely wife Amy of 40 years moved to Pickens County in 1988. Mark and Amy have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, with another grand expected to arrive in May of this year. While begin his career in banking, as an IT professional in 1982, Mark and his family moved to Pickens County in 1988 to work at Jasper Banking Company and has been in some facet of the banking industry since. He has been with Community Bank of Pickens County since 2005. Mark has worn many hats throughout his life. He is a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a coach, an umpire, a referee, a volunteer, and a friend. Mark has a servant’s heart. You can see that by all the organizations he has participated in and volunteered for, including Habitat for Humanity, Optimist Club, Good Samaritan, Pickens County Board of Education, Pickens County Chamber, and Georgia Mountains Hospice to name a few. Mark also has a Christian’s heart and all who know Mark can feel the love he has for the Lord. Mark grew up as a Preacher’s son and seemed to have learned a few things from his father. Do not be surprised if you see Mark officiating a wedding, speaking at funeral, or saying a prayer before a meeting. Mark has been a part of and has influenced many lives in Pickens County. He is a loan officer at Community Bank of Pickens County, but Mark has been more than that to many of his customers who call on him for so much more than banking needs. Mark is honored to represent Pickens County by raising money for Georgia Mountains Hospice. Help Mark add one more hat to his list - a crown.