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Get ready for fun: Rotary Casino Night is Saturday

Have you made your plans for this Saturday night?

You are invited, in fact you are urged, to join the Pagosa Springs Rotarians at their Monte Carlo Casino Night at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse at 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 24.

It’s going to be a good time for all and an important fund-raiser for community projects.

Shakespeare proclaimed, “All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players.” Come and act out on the Monte Carlo stage and play at the Monte Carlo tables. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, from any Rotarian or at the door.

Every ticket purchased will be entered into a drawing for a special grand prize. It is a four-day, three-night stay at the elegant Wyndham Canterbury Inn on Union Square in downtown San Francisco. All of the sites and pleasures of the city by the bay will be at the doorstep of the lucky winner. Staying at this luxurious accommodation is valued at $400 per night. Every ticket has an equal chance of being drawn. You need not be present to win.

Have you ever wanted to play like a really high roller at the roulette table? At Monte Carlo Night you can take advantage of the millions of dollars in available “funny money” to bet like never before. Roulette is French for “little wheel.” Famed mathematician, Blaise Pascal created the first roulette wheel in 1655 while attempting to produce a perpetual motion machine. Enterprising entrepreneurs immediately saw the little wheel as a gambling device. In the 1860s, when European governments outlawed gambling, Louis Blanc moved his roulette gambling operation to Monte Carlo and established a gaming mecca for the elite of Europe. Roulette became known as the “game of kings.” Now, at Casino Night, you too can bet like a king.

Blackjack is the most widely played casino card game in the world. The name, “blackjack,” comes from a winning hand consisting of an ace of spades and a black jack. A hundred years ago, a real blackjack hand gave the player a 10-to-1 payoff. Modern casinos won’t give players that kind of a break. However, at Rotary Casino Night, this old-fashioned rule will be in effect and a true blackjack hand will pay you 10 times your bet. All of your winnings, whether from roulette, blackjack or any other game of chance may be used for tickets in a drawing for special gift items.

In the past, many individuals have treated Casino Night as a costume party. There is still a bit of the little child left in most of us. If you enjoy playing dress-up, by all means go for it. Not only will you have a great time, you will add to the colorful spectacle of Casino Night that the whole gathering will enjoy.

Each year, a number of individuals and businesses in the Pagosa Springs community recognize the serious and important fund-raising effort that underlies Casino Night. This year, fourteen sponsors have contributed from $300 to $1,500 each and have provided the base funding that makes Casino Night possible. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. They truly do more than their part. By attending and enjoying yourself, you will do your part.

The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is proud of our community and the generosity it displays in making Casino Night a big success each year. You, too, should feel pride when you attend and participate. This is not frivolous fun. Rather, it is fun with a purpose. When you see in the paper that a deserving high school graduate received a Rotary Scholarship that helps make their college or university education possible, you can say, “I helped.” When you see the beaming faces of those who participate in Special Olympics, you can say, “I helped.” When someone in desperate need receives a helping hand from Pagosa Outreach, you can say, “I was there for them.” We treat ourselves in many ways on a regular basis. At Casino Night you can treat yourself and feel proud of yourself at the same time.

If you have questions or need more information, call Kim Moore at 946-5619. See you there.