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Vegas-style Charity Gala to be held Feb. 11

Posted: January 22, 2012 - 12:09am  |  Updated: January 22, 2012 - 5:26am
WJBF News Channel 6 anchorman Brad Means (right) and other guests play blackjack at the 2011 Columbia County Charity Gala. This year's event is scheduled for Feb. 11.   File
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WJBF News Channel 6 anchorman Brad Means (right) and other guests play blackjack at the 2011 Columbia County Charity Gala. This year's event is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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Las Vegas is making a one-night stop in Columbia County.

Organizers of the Columbia County Charity Gala, a Vegas-style event, will hold an evening of casino games, big band music, dancing and celebrity impersonators to benefit three county charities.

“I think it is going to be so much fun this year,” said Susy Allen, one of the event organizers. “It’s just a great excuse to pull out your (tuxedo), and pull out your high heels, and have fun for charity.”

The third annual gala will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Tickets cost $80 per person, or $150 per couple.

All proceeds will be split between the Columbia County Arts Development Fund, Columbia County Cares food pantry and Teenage Years 101, which was added this year.

Teenage Years 101, started by Superior Court Judge J. Wade Padgett in 2006, explains legal issues affecting teens and their parents.

“We wanted to branch out and reach more Columbia County charities,” county Community Events Specialist Keela Colombraro said. “But at the same time, we didn’t want to exclude any of the charities we were already contributing to.”

The event raised about $15,000 in 2010 and $19,000 last year, Colombraro said.

Admission includes dinner, provided by Silver Palm Catering Co., a drink, a raffle chance and chips for the casino games, including poker, blackjack, roulette and craps.

“You’ll get as many chips as you want,” Colombraro said, adding that bragging rights is all winners get.

Guests can also join a Texas Hold’em tournament. Buy-ins cost $35, and seating is limited.

“It is very intense over there,” Colombraro said of the Texas Hold’em tables. “They really get into it.”

Entertainment includes big band music from Swingsation and celebrity impersonators, Allen said. A deejay will play dance music from 10-11 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale for raffle prizes, including high-end electronics and gift packages.

The gala is black-tie optional.

Advance tickets and buy-ins for the poker tournament are on sale at Learning Express, 4158 Washington Road, Evans, or from the Community and Leisure Services office.

For information, visit www.columbiacountyga.gov, or call Colombraro at (706) 312-7192.

IF YOU GO

What: Columbia County Charity Gala

When: 7-11 p.m. Feb. 11

Where: Savannah Rapids Pavilion

Tickets: $80 each or $150 per couple

More: Call (706) 312-7192 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov

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