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Rotary Casino Night on April 24

The 10th annual Rotary Casino Night gala and fund-raiser will provide gaming, delicious food and libations at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse on Saturday, April 24 from 7 to 11 p.m.

It’s Monte Carlo night and the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club will create a replica of the famous “La Casino de Monte Carlo” (well, sort of) in Monaco.

You can sip your favorite beverage, consume copious amounts of tasty hors d’oeurves and try your luck and skill at roulette, craps, poker, blackjack and the Wheel of Fortune.

Can you break the bank at Monte Carlo? In 1873, an Englishman named Joseph Jagger broke the bank by winning all the money the croupier had at the roulette table. He became famous. The celebrated song, “The Man Who Broke the Bank in Monte Carlo” is famous to this day. If you can break the bank by winning all the money that one of the Rotary croupiers holds at a gaming table, you will receive a special bonus prize and perhaps become famous throughout the community.

A diverse cosmopolitan crowd is expected. So, come dressed as any character one might find at Monte Carlo: a royal personage, a middle-eastern sheik, a Texas oilman or cattle baron, a wealthy matron or glitzy lady. Use your imagination. If costumes are not your passion, come as a wandering Pagosan looking for excitement.

Prizes will be given for the best female and male costumes. The Costume Pit Stop will give a discount to anyone who visits their store in preparation for attending the Rotary Casino Night.

There will be both a silent and a live auction. In addition, Monte Carlo “funny money” winnings may be used for tickets in a drawing for special gift items. As a finale to the ticket drawing, some lucky player will receive a spectacular grand prize.

Everyone wins at Casino Night by having a great time and contributing to worthy projects. The biggest winner, of course, is the community. Behind all the fun and games, this is a very serious effort by Rotarians to raise substantial amounts of money for local endeavors. Over the past 10 years these funds have supported local projects including Special Olympics, third-grade dictionaries, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the 9 Health Fair, Pagosa Outreach, the Fourth of July Parade and many others. A major beneficiary this year will be the Rotary College Scholarship Fund. Over the years, the scholarship fund has awarded $268,000 in scholarships to 116 Pagosa Springs High School graduates.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and Higher Grounds coffee shop, or from any member of the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club.

The Rotary Casino Night is a great way to support your community and have fun doing it. See you there.