SMACS to hold Casino Night Friday at Expo Center
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St. Mary’s Academy Charter School will hold its annual Casino Night, Friday, Feb. 11, from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Bee County Expo Center. Taylor Tumlinson of Portland will be the opening act for “Elvis.”

Tumlinson, 16, who has been singing since she learned to talk, has recently recorded two of her original songs in Nashville. She also currently holds the title of the 2010 Colgate Country Showdown Texas State Winner.

This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet, with several more gaming tables, a special Texas Hold ’em Tournament for trophies and tickets to win some of the fabulous door prizes.

“We wanted to make sure everyone has a spot to play, so we rearranged the seating area to allow for more gaming space,” confided Mrs. Ross Brown. “In addition to increasing the number and variety of games, we upgraded the menu to tenderloin instead of sirloin to make it extra special.”

Tickets are still available in the school business office but are selling fast. Each ticket entitles two people entry into the casino events. Dinner, drinks, dancing, entertainment and gaming action will be provided. A margarita machine has been added to the festivities, so everyone can choose between frozen and on the rocks for their margarita. Beer, wine, jungle juice, water and soft drinks will also be provided.

Jeanene Jones, this year’s Casino Night chairs, said, “Last year, I won Mrs. Brown’s classes’ Night on the Town basket that had hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise and gift cards. I did not believe the baskets could get any nicer, but I was wrong!” This year’s baskets are even better, and door prizes and the grand prizes are drawn from the entry tickets. Three lucky winners will receive trips: 3rd prize – beach trip; 2nd prize – gambling trip; and 1st prize — a Las Vegas vacation.

All of the proceeds from the Casino Night will benefit St. Mary’s Charter School’s Student Activity Fund. According to Principal Simonson, “It is more important than ever to raise funds for our students’ enrichment activities. This year, we have already endured a major cut in funding to our summer program. The state is planning additional cuts to schools for the next school year.” Simonson added, “The extra programming is vital to our students, and I hope the community turns out and has a great time for a good cause.”

Molly Young has been working to obtain corporate sponsorships for the Casino Night Program. Sponsors will be recognized in the summer programming brochure and on the schools webpage. Anyone interested in helping sponsor the Casino Night Program may contact Molly at 358-5601.
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