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Get ready for Mardi Gras fun

Rotary’s Mardi Gras Casino is the biggest fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs.

Rotarians have the most fun doing it. The good people of this community have the most fun being a part of this big party, and the money raised is used for the betterment of our community for the rest of the year. What’s not to like?

If you haven’t yet picked up your tickets, don’t wait. Why be left out of the fun just to spend another humdrum cold winter night at home.? The tickets are available at The Pagosa SUN office, Exit Realty or from any Rotarian.

The date of the Casino is Saturday, Feb. 11. The time is from 6 to 10 p.m., and the venue is the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. As for the dress code, anything goes. If this golden opportunity allows you to dig out your fancy togs from the back of the closet, have at it. Past Casinos have seen a lot of sequins and heels (on the ladies, I mean). Bat Masterson derby hat and string tie, anyone?

Who should attend? If you enjoy people, vibrant social energy, delicious Cajun food, dancing, gaming and judicious libation — this is designed for you. You’ll have a swell time.

All the gaming is done with funny money. Bring a game face and see how well you are able to out-smart, out-manipulate and out-strategize to win. Even funny money will enable you to cash in your loot on selected prizes.

Rotarian Paul who is coordinating the “libation station” has beer from The Brewery and two of their outstanding staff — Karen and Mikey — to set up a “slurp and burp” area at the bar. Joni from Boss Hogg’s will grace the drink sink with her expertise and unbridled charm.

“If you haven’t seen Joni in action, you are in for a regular riot. She’s the best,” says Paul.

All proceeds from this gig will be returned to this community through scholarships for college-bound high school graduates, teacher mini-grants, Pagosa Outreach Connection and other Rotary sponsored community projects. You can help make this fund-raising event a success by supporting it through your attendance. Numerous local businesses have backed the Rotary Club through their generous donations of merchandise and services which will be auctioned off that night. A donation from Bob and Livia Lynch, already creating great interest, is a pair of Bronco tickets for the next season. These hundreds of donations will be available either through the silent auction or the raucous live auction.

Let the evening transport you to a Louisiana-style Mardi Gras. For one night, you can forget that it’s winter outside. Let’s make believe. And if you believe hard enough (and you get lucky enough), you just might get to take home the grand door prize.

“It should be the most fun we’ll ever have with the lights on.”

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