Tom Vaught | Sun
Rose Pearson deals as Tom Sanger, Chet Schweitzer and
Greg LaPensee play.
HOLMES BEACH – It was a great time at the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Casino Night at St. Bernard Church last Saturday, and a lot of people lost money for a great cause.
At press time, there was no official count of the proceeds from this event, which is usually the club's top fund raiser, but if success is measured in other ways, it was a lot of fun and things went well.
The activities center at the church held several gaming tables and a full row of slot machines along the back of the massive room. Items for the silent auction were lined up on tables in front of the stage, and the big items, including the motorcycle, were on display near the entrance.
Standout Entertainment provided the disc jockey and music, and there was plenty of Sinatra and music from singers who regularly played Las Vegas.
At one of the tables, Tricia Knoedl and Mary Jongetjes were celebrating a streak of good luck.
"We're having a great time," Jongetjes said.
"We keep winning."
The two had never been to Casino night before, but John Pretherton, who ran the game, said they were doing well..
Greg LaPensee, Chet Schweitzer and Tom Sanger, all from LaPensee Plumbing, were playing blackjack as Rose Pearson dealt.
"This is great fun," LaPensee said.
LaPensee Plumbing was a major sponsor of the event along with Duncan Real Estate, Harrington House, and SteamDesigns. Standout Entertainment and The Anna Maria Island Sun also donated to the event.
There were two couples from Skaneateles, N.Y. Bill and Mary Stevens and Peg and Lee Bennett chose Casino night because the Bennetts belong to their local Rotary Club.
"We're having a great time on Anna Maria Island," one of them said. "Thanks to the paper, we found out about this. We wouldn't be here if we hand not read The Sun."
The Harley Davidson was the star of the live auction. Mike Northfield made a starting bid and displayed the motorcycle to the audience, but nobody upped his bid, and he is now waiting for warmer weather so he can ride his Harley.
Roseanne Creed, wife of long-time Rotary member Tom Creed, cast the winning bid on the one-week Las Vegas vacation.
If success is measured by how many people were smiling last Saturday, then this was a success. If the profits are up there, then the Rotary Club will have more to spend on charitable ventures both on and off the Island.