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Vegas-style Charity Gala to be Feb. 23

Posted: February 10, 2013 - 1:00am
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Photo by Steven Schretzmann WJBF News Channel 6 anchor Brad Means (second from right) and other guests at the Columbia County Charity Gala get a lesson in blackjack during the Saturday event at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Means served as master of ceremonies for the fundraiser for Columbia County Cares and the Columbia County Arts Endowment.  Photo by Steven Schretzmann WJBF News Channel 6 anchor Brad Means (second from right) and other guests at the Columbia County Charity Gala get a lesson in blackjack during the Saturday event at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Means served as master of ceremonies for the fundraiser for Columbia County Cares and the Columbia County Arts Endowment.
Photo by Steven Schretzmann WJBF News Channel 6 anchor Brad Means (second from right) and other guests at the Columbia County Charity Gala get a lesson in blackjack during the Saturday event at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Means served as master of ceremonies for the fundraiser for Columbia County Cares and the Columbia County Arts Endowment.
Photo by Steven Schretzmann WJBF News Channel 6 anchor Brad Means (second from right) and other guests at the Columbia County Charity Gala get a lesson in blackjack during the Saturday event at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Means served as master of ceremonies for the fundraiser for Columbia County Cares and the Columbia County Arts Endowment.

There’s no need to hop a plane for Las Vegas.

The Columbia County Charity Gala, a Vegas-style event, is an evening of casino games, dancing, dinner and crooning from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley tribute artists.

The gala is one of the area’s few black-tie events and a good excuse to dress up and have fun, said Susy Allen, an event organizer.

The fourth annual gala will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Tickets are on sale now at $75 per person, or $125 per couple.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” Allen said. “The main thing is it helps support several local Columbia County charities.”

Proceeds from the event will be split between the Columbia County Arts Development Fund, Columbia County Cares food pantry and Columbia County Foundation for Children. The endowment fund provides grants to arts and other non-profit organizations to hold public events at any Columbia County facility including the Lady Antebellum Pavilion and Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

The event raised about $19,000 in 2011 and about $22,500 last year, said Stacie Adkins, county Community Events Manager.

“It gets bigger and better every year,” Adkins said. “Each year, we add something to make it a little better than the previous years. ... We wanted to change it up.”

Instead of the big-band musical entertainment, gala organizers opted for the more Vegas feel of performing Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley tribute artists.

“We’re so excited,” Allen said of the new entertainment. While one impersonator is performing, the other will be mingling with the crowd.

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

“There’s no winnings on this,” Adkins said. “It’s a fundraiser. There’s no winning at the table. It’s just for fun.”

Guests can also join a Texas Hold’em tournament. Buy-ins cost $25 and seating is limited. Winners get bragging rights.

A silent auction and raffle include electronics, gift certificates to lots of local businesses and even passes to Universal Studios theme park, Adkins said.

The gala is black-tie optional.

Advance tickets are on sale at Learning Express in Mullins Crossing shopping center, from the Community and Leisure Services office or online at www.etix.com. Texas Hold’em buy-ins are available from the Leisure Services office.

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

IF YOU GO

What: Columbia County Charity Gala

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 23

Where: Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez

Admission: $75 per person, $125 per couple

Tickets: Available at Learning Express in Evans; Community and Leisure Services office; and www.etix.com

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