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Franklin Noon Rotary kicks off Rodeo with Round-Up Casino Party

It’s time to roll the dice and double down! On Friday May 3, the Franklin Noon Rotary will host a casino night event to kick off the 64th Franklin Rodeo.

Historically, the kick-off party was focused on live music and dancing. However two years ago the club decided to host a Casino Party to kick off rodeo week and the event just took off.

“The party had become just a party for our Rotarians, with the Casino Party we have opened it up to the masses,” said Franklin Noon Rotary President Lawrence Sullivan. “Our sponsors and friends of the rodeo really enjoy the casino theme, any money we raise at the party is a bonus,” said Sullivan.

Partygoers have a bevy of Vegas-style games to choose from. Blackjack, craps, Texas Hold-em and roulette are part of the fun. While there is no real money being gambled each person receives “play-money” to gamble with. Prizes will be given away at the end of the night to a few of the lucky gamblers.

“We use a professional gaming company to produce the casino night,” says Anne Rainey, Rotary past president and chairwoman of the party. “You feel like you are in Vegas, but with a western theme. Dust off your boots, wear your cowboy hat. It’s like being out West in an old saloon.”

For the non-gamblers there is a silent auction that will feature many great items to bid on.

“We have everything from a new vacuum cleaner to Madame Alexander dolls,” said Rotarian Pat Dunn. “Wine tastings for 12 and a foosball table will also be items to bid on.”

Gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, cowboy inspired apparel will fill the bidding tables. Tickets to the May 3 Casino Party are $50 per person, which includes dinner catered by Poncho’s and play-money to gamble with. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening. All money raised goes to local charities. For information and to buy tickets visit

Posted on: 4/26/2013


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