Mardi Gras Benefit

Gin & Jazz

Congratulations to our newly crowned

King and Queen

Bob Benedetto and Tina Mike

Thank you to the members of the Royal Court who made this event a success!

Royal Court

Relive the fun!  Find your favorite event photo!


Read the Bios of the Royal Court

Bob Benedetto
Bob has lived in Harford County since his teens, over forty years. Since being a police officer he has been an advocate of giving back to the community. Bob has accomplished this through volunteer service with the Police Athletic League, American Red Cross, Parks and Recreations, his church, and various County committees. As Chief of Security for Harford County Public School Bob has had an opportunity to witness firsthand the learning potential of the children of our county. Please get involved and support this worthy cause by voting for Bob Benedetto, King on the King and Queen Court for the Greater Excellence in Education Foundation’.

Peter Emanuel

Sharon Lipford
Sharon Lipford is the Deputy Director at the Harford County Department of Community Services. She has a passion for issues of behavioral health, criminal justice and youth.

Sharon is honored to participate in GEEF’s 4th Annual Mardi Gras Event by running for “Queen of Mardi Gras”. Nelson Mandela has said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. I believe that a good education is the key to a child’s success in life. Many of our schoolchildren need educational and social resources which GEEF provides throughout the year. The funds raised at the Mardi Gras event will help support numerous community programs to reach children in Harford County.

Tina Mike
Tina is an HCPS graduate (’79), mother of 3 HCPS graduates (’03, ’06 & ’09) and APG Federal Credit Union AVP –Financial Education, a 30 year “credit unionist” and Credit Union Development Educator dedicated to numerous HCPS education initiatives is vying for the 2014 GEEF Mardi Gras Queen coronation.

Adam Osborn

Mark Welsh
Mark is a Mortgage Loan Officer for BB&T in Bel Air, Maryland. He is actively involved with several non-profits in Harford county, primarily assisting our younger population. This event is very important to Mark because he values education and any efforts to support students at all levels.

Diane Sengstacke
Diane L. Sengstacke, is the mother of twins, Allison and James, who were 18 in December. She also has two companies, Home Title Co. of Md., Inc., is President and founder (1991); and is an attorney with Sengstacke and Evans, LLC, Member (2001). Diane is very active in several local organizations. Diane enjoys singing, dancing, acting and being involved in the community.


2013 King and Queen

Bruce Lewis and Dawn Hamilton

Click here to see the photos from the 2013 Mardi Gras Bash

Upcoming Events

  1. February 21, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Mardi Gras Benefit

  2. May 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Team Spelling Bee