Rotary Club Casino Night returning for eighth year

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Pictured are some of the attendees at last year’s Rotary Club Casino Night.

The eighth annual Rotary Casino Night, hosted by the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay, will give area residents a chance to have a fun night out and also raise funds for college scholarships for local students.

The Mardi Gras-themed gala evening takes place in the Palmetto Bay Village Center’s Palm Room on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live and silent auctions, a raffle, door prizes and, of course, gaming with blackjack, craps, roulette and more.

Guests receive “fun chips” with which to gamble and bid on prizes in the silent auction. The prizes include vacation trips, hotel stays, dinners, sports memorabilia and other items.

“We look forward to the participation of the community and anticipate 500 guests for this exciting fundraising event bene-fiting students with scholarships through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Perrine- Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay,” said Bill Thiele, club president-elect.

Tayloe Perry and Abe Levy are co-chairs of Rotary Casino Night 2011 and have worked hard to make it happen.

“We plan to have fun and raise money for some great causes in our community,” Perry said.

The club was chartered in 1960. Following the motto of “Service Above Self,” the members have reached out to the needy as well as providing scholarships for students and assisting the elderly for more than 40 years. Funded by the moneys raised at Rotary Casino Night, the club last year provided $69,000 in scholarships for local college students.

“Where can you go and be provided an open bar, food, entertainment, gamble, and win auction items for an entire evening for only $50?” said Maria C. Kesti, past president of the club. “And the proceeds are utilized to provide scholarships to students from our community.”

The club is seeking local companies to be sponsors for the event and is requesting donations of items to utilize for the auction.

“This is a great way to promote your business to those here in the area, as well as support our community,” Thiele said.

For tickets, contact Ed Ludovici at 305- 233-2161.

The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay meets every Tuesday for lunch at Romanza Restaurant in Palmetto Bay.

For more information, visit online at or call 305-89- ROTARY.

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