DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Order of the Black Dress group heavily involved with Mardi Gras presented an $8,000 check to Respite Care Ministry Thursday.

Those dollars are the proceeds from the ‘Taste Of Krewe’– a mardi gras dish-eating event that the black dress group holds every year.

Respite Care Ministry is a program for families that live with Alzheimer’s and other dementia -and operates Monday through Thursday from 10 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon to help give their caregivers a break.

The Order of the Black Dress Group selects a recipient every year and this is the first time Respite Care was selected.

“We also have people who come to people on our program on scholarship so these funds will allow people in our community to come to our program we do so much with art and music,” Katie Holland said.

Respite Care is also a mardi gras beads drop-off location. Holland said she wants to thank the group for all of its work in the community — even when it’s not mardi gras season.