Cashing in their chips for charity

From left Kathy Bridge, Mark Slack Smith, Lisa Bridge, Susie Slack Smith and Michael Bowman.

From left Kathy Bridge, Mark Slack Smith, Lisa Bridge, Susie Slack Smith and Michael Bowman.

High stakes, but the dealer looks to have a magic edge.

High stakes, but the dealer looks to have a magic edge.

The dice rolled for charity at the Rotary club of Tamworth Sunrise Casino Royale ball at Tamworth’s Town Hall in May.

After the previous year’s success, the speedy sellout of 300 tickets and a waiting list wasn’t a surprise.

Among ballgoers were Rotary District 9610’s past, current and the next two future district presidents. 

Guests were ushered into the town hall to the haunting sounds of bagpipes, then entertained with two sensational dance routines from En Avant Dance Studio, before settling in for two hours of gaming at the roulette and blackjack tables. 

Each table of guests was given a bag of casino chips to gamble with and the table that won the most, after the gambling tables closed, won $2000 to donate to the charity of their choice. 

This year’s winning charities are Friends of Nioka and the Cancer Council – which both received a cheque for $1000.

Sally Ann Whitten and her band entertained the guests while the casino was operating, then turned up the beat and had all the guests bopping until night’s end. 

The female fashion trend was for slinky, sequins and silky shifts, all in a rainbow of colours, and of course the classic “LBD” – little black dress. 

Rotary Club of Tamworth Sunrise president Bryan Coleman said the night was a huge success financially with nearly $10,000 raised – all of which will be distributed to charities, which will be decided by the club later this year. 

This event is now a permanent inclusion on Tamworth’s social calendar.

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