Rotary Las Vegas Night and 8 more events along the North Strand

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

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;

Details: Cash bar; participants receive $10,000 in Monopoly money to use for games.
8 more events on the North Strand


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,,

Details | Brides welcome, wedding vendors, photographers, venues, caterers, florists and more


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


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 |


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;;

Details |;; Listen UP concert schedule at website


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,

Details | Wine pairings for a 5-course meal


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


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


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 |,, church, 910-579- 5753

Details | Parents, siblings invited



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