Mask Parade & Gala Raises Thousands

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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Hundreds of Bay County residents got a taste of New York City at the 12th annual Mask Parade & Gala. The money raised for the event benefits Covenant Hospice.

Organizers say 700 people signed up for the Mask Parade & Gala. This is the most they've ever had and even had a waiting list this year.

Bay County residents walked into the Edgewater conference building to see it transformed to New York City.

The event centers on the different masks that local and national celebrities make. One of this year's more popular masks is one signed by Duck Dynasty cast members.

Some organizers say this event is personal for them.

"I started out working for covenant hospice planning the mask parade gala and at the time my grandmother became very ill and covenant took care of her and made her life so much easier. So I promised her I would volunteer every year," said Cindy Perry, event chair.

Organizers chose WJHG's Paris Janos to emcee the event. Several members of the WJHG news and sales team also came to the Mask Parade & Gala.

The proceeds will go to several programs at Covenant Hospice including bereavement, chaplain services, children's support and volunteer services.

Organizers say they expect to make more than $100,000 from the event.