One local organization is celebrating Fat Tuesday in August.
It was the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville's yearly banquet to honor its volunteers and donors at Bryan Place.
The banquet had a Mardi Gras theme to it, which Executive Director Mollie Crooks said represents the mission of the organization.
"It brings different people together, from different cultures, to have a good time, and to unite for a common cause and that's basically what Big Brothers Big Sisters is doing," said Crooks. "They're bring different people together from different cultures, uniting to support our youth and to see those youth grow and develop and become great citizens."
More than a dozen individuals and groups were recognized with awards for their work.
Crooks said the banquet is also about celebrating the accomplishments the organization has achieved over the last year.
"In 2011, we served over 600 children," Crooks added, "so that pretty much doubled in size in the past 6 years and I think that's because, people recognize that what Big Brothers Big Sisters does for our youth is to empower them and encourage them."
Crooks continues to encourage those in community to get involved with the organization.