Casino night benefit raises $50K for ‘Friends Forever’ shelter

Williamson Cadillac showroom was converted into a casino for an evening.

Williamson Automotive emptied its beautiful, glass-enclosed showroom earlier this month to host a benefit casino night for the Friends Forever Humane Society.

Friends Forever is a no-kill organization that believes every animal deserves a forever, loving home. It is a non-profit organization funded solely by generous contributions and events such as this. All personnel are strictly volunteers.

A casino and holiday marketplace was created on the Williamson Cadillac showroom floor and hundreds of guests in their finest attire turned out to play poker and Black Jack, and roll the dice at the gaming tables, all provided by Casino Party Nights Florida. The “gaming” was all in fun and the “winners” walked off with generously donated prizes.

If you weren’t the gaming type, there was a festive holiday marketplace, with local vendors providing great gifts such as hand-made pins, handbags, sunglasses and ladies’ wear. And, of course, there was fine jewelry available from Maurice’s Jewelers of Pinecrest.

Many local restaurants were on hand, including Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Wagons West, Kris’s Restaurant and Grill, Captain’s Tavern and Roasters ’n Toasters. Food catering was provided by Francine Powers of We’re Having a Party and delicious desserts came from You Oughta Taste My Mamma’s Cakes.

The evening was beautiful and the Williamson Cadillac venue, at 7815 SW 104 St., was a perfect location for the mock casino, as almost $50,000 was raised for the Friends Forever organization.

Founder Dee Chess said she was delighted with the success of the evening and thankful for the community support.

“We are truly thankful for Ed, Carol and Trae Williamsons’ generosity and for making this event a huge success,” she said. “Please think of them when it’s time for your next vehicle purchase.”

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