SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Left to right, Donna Misner and Doug Winton, members
of the Extravaganza and Casino Night decorating committee,
apply last minute touch ups to the tree.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Islands Fifth Annual
Extravaganza and Casino Night on Saturday, Jan. 27, will
have a new look this year thanks, in part, to the 20-foot-tall
tree that was designed, decorated and donated by artist
and sculptor Carla Rieger.
Tampa resident Rieger is known throughout the country for
her art, sculptures, and handbags. According to Decorating
Committee member Rosann Creed, the towering tree, which
is both beautiful and whimsical, will capture everyones
attention as they walk into the winter wonderland setting
planned for the event.
The Extravaganza and Casino Night is the Clubs major
fundraiser, offering appetizers by the Sandbar restaurant,
a buffet dinner catered by Ezra, an open bar, music and
dancing. There will also be live and silent auctions, a
major door prize of three nights stay at a beachfront
condo on the Island, and, of course, casino style gambling.
Tickets, which are $60 each, are on sale from any Club member
or at two Holmes Beach businesses: The Island Florist, 5312
Marina Drive; and Island Vacation Properties, 3001 Gulf
Drive. Tickets will not be sold at the door, but can be
ordered by calling Pam and Steve Schlueter at 746-7517,
Mary Burke at 524-8969 or Barry Gould at 448-5500. AmSouth
Bank is the Clubs Platinum sponsor for the fundraiser.
Proceeds go to local charities and schools and to Rotary