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7:00PM -10:00PM


Masquerade masks are encouraged.

Silent Auction!

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2024 Gala Schedule

Here’s a rundown of 2024’s Mardi Gras gala schedule.

Master of Ceremonies
Mark Thopmson

Honorary Chairs Chris and Kennan Eccleston


VIP/Early Bird Check-in

6:00pm - 7:00pm

VIP/Early Bird Reception, Champagne Greeting, and Auction Preview

7:00 PM

Sponsor and Individual Ticketholder Check-In


Gala Chef Small Plate Samplings

Silent Auction

7:30PM - 7:45PM

Words from Honorary Chairs, Executive Director & Partner Families.

Chefs Celebrity LIVE Competition

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Meet our Honorary Chair

Chris Eccleston

Founder, Delmarva Veteran Builder

Chris Eccleston, a Salisbury, Maryland native, is the President and founder of Delmarva Veteran Builders (DVB) a fresh, gritty commercial construction firm igniting potential and doing epic things. DVB brings the “veteran attitude” to local construction projects which led the company to become one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies recognized by the Inc 5000 list for three consecutive years and the Vet 50 List for two years. Chris’s dedication to veteran employment led to DVB receiving the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award at the Pentagon. A Navy veteran who served for six years as a nuclear machinist mate on the USS Theodore Roosevelt during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chris takes great pride in his military service and supporting members of DVB who still serve today.

In addition to DVB, Chris established Trashforce in 2020, a waste hauling company catering to the Lower Shore. Despite its “trashy” origins, Trashforce has become known for its customer service, engagement in the community and hilarious dad jokes.

Chris’s achievements extend beyond his business ventures. In 2023, he became a published author of the children’s book “Grit Leads To Greatness,” co-written with DVB’s creative developer Jenny Kerr Schroen. The book, which promotes the significance of the construction trades, has already sold an impressive 5000 advanced copies. The authors are now focused on sharing this enchanting story in classrooms across the nation.

He holds an undergraduate degree in construction management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and an MBA from Salisbury University. Some of his career accomplishments include Eagle Scout, “40 under 40” from Building Design + Construction magazine, Entrepreneur of the Year by Maryland Capital Enterprises, Bright Lights Award from the Comptroller of Maryland, and the WeHeartSBY Award.

Chris’s commitment to his community is reflected in his involvement in various projects and organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development and Greater Salisbury Committee and is a Past President of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

Residing in Salisbury with his wife Kennan and their two children, Hale and Sadie, Chris embraces family life. You might find Chris singing and dancing in the kitchen with Sadie or coaching Hale’s youth sports and engaging in his activities. Alongside his family time, Chris enjoys traveling and immersing himself in outdoor adventures.