Gigantic plastic cards sway overhead displaying the names of the sponsors of the annual Las Vegas Night that Rotary Club of Shallotte presents. Now in its 13 th year, it will take place Jan. 27 at Planet Fun! in Shallotte, N.C. “It’s always the weekend before the Super Bowl,” says Vince Bacchi, chairman of the event for the past 10 years.
More than 600 people attended the 2017 Las Vegas Night and the Rotarians expect that number to increase this year. A sit-down dinner catered by Starz Grille includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, filet mignon, roast pork, pasta, vegetables, salad, cake, tea and coffee. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at a cash bar.
“We go all out in food. We go all out in decorations. We go all out in everything,” Bacchi says.
Blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas Hold ’Em, horse racing and Rotary Wheel of Fortune are among the games played. Unlike other casinos, all participants at Las Vegas Night win and all proceeds benefit charities. Everyone gets a door prize valued from $15 to $50. A silent auction includes items worth $100 and more. Quilts, wine baskets, free services, jewelry and vacation packages are a few of the selections. The live auction consists of eight to 10 high-end items, and the night ends with a grand prize. For every $5,000 in Monopoly money, the person receives a ticket for the Grand Prize. “You don’t gamble for real money,” Bacchi says.
The group received $45,000 in sponsorships in 2017. “We help the charities that help the underserved,” Bacchi says. The three dozen club members volunteer their services, and the 50,000 square feet at Planet Fun provide the venue. “We’re putting on a show,” Bacchi says. “Our job is to put on the best show possible.”
Tickets are available by calling 910-755- 7557, 910-842- 1658 or at www.shallotterotaryclub.com.
Rotary Club of Shallotte meets each Thursday for lunch at 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grille, Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130), Shallotte. Visitors are welcome.
If You Go
What: Rotary Club of Shallotte, N.C. presents Las Vegas Night
Where: Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130), Shallotte, N.C.
When: 6-10:15 p.m., Jan. 27
Cost: $75 per person, includes dinner
Contact: 910-755- 7557 or 910-842- 1658; www.rotaryclubofshallotte.com
Details: Cash bar; participants receive $10,000 in Monopoly money to use for games.
8 more events on the North Strand
“LET’S MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE”
What | Silver Coast Bridal Show
Where | Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
When | 1-4 p.m., Jan. 14, 2018
Contact | 910-287- 2800, email@example.com, www.silvercoastwinery.com
Details | Brides welcome, wedding vendors, photographers, venues, caterers, florists and more
FREE ESTATE PLANNING FORUM
What | Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) will present “Trust, Estate & Long-Term Care Planning”
Where | Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, 114 Wall St., Shallotte, N.C.
When | 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 18; 10 a.m.-noon AND 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 24
Cost | Free
Contact | Information and registration, CSH Law, 910-777- 5733
COASTAL SHAG CLUB
Where | Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road, Shallotte, N.C.
When | Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; dance, 7-10:30 p.m. Jan. 20
Cost | members and any ACSC members, $5; guests, $8
Contact | www.coastalshagclub.org
LISTEN UP BRUNSWICK COUNTY CONCERTS
What | Series of six concerts, 1 st one, Bob Lind, folk rock singer; 2 nd one, Lucy Kaplansky, singer, guitarist
Where | Events Center of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, College Road off U.S. 17, Supply, N.C.
When | doors open, 7 p.m., concert, 7:30 p.m.; Lind, Jan. 20; Kaplansky, Feb. 2
Cost | $20 per concert; season ticket, $120
Contact | Jeannie, 860-485- 3354; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.listenupbrunswickcounty.com
Details | www.boblind.com; www.lucykaplansky.com; Listen UP concert schedule at website
WINE AROUND ITALY FUNDRAISER
What | Fundraiser for Ingram Planetarium and Museum of Coastal Carolina
Where | Angelo’s Pizzeria & Bistro
When | 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22
Cost |$55+tip per person
Contact | reservations required, 910-754- 2334; information, email@example.com
Details | Wine pairings for a 5-course meal
AARP TAX AIDE
Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash, N.C.
When | 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wed., Thurs., Fri. beginning Feb. 1 through April 13
Cost | Free, no registration required
Contact | 910-575- 0173
OLSS ANNUAL CARD PARTY/LUNCHEON
What | Fundraiser to benefit Mobile Meals of the North Strand
Where | Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church hall, 1100 8th Ave. N, NMB
When | 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Feb. 5
Cost | $16 per person
Contact | Peggy, 973-670- 3122
SPECIAL FRIENDS OF SEASIDE
What | A social group for those 20-40 years who are living with physical challenges
Where | Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach, N.C.
When | 6-8 p.m. 2 nd Tues. of the month, next mtg., Feb. 13
Cost | Free
Contact | firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, church, 910-579- 5753
Details | Parents, siblings invited