Vol 7 No. 16 - January 10, 2007

Tree sculpture to grace casino night


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 Island’s 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 everyone’s attention as they walk into the winter wonderland setting planned for the event.

The Extravaganza and Casino Night is the Club’s 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 Club’s Platinum sponsor for the fundraiser. Proceeds go to local charities and schools and to Rotary humanitarian projects.

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