July 31, 2014
A decision to hold a Casino Night to raise funds for this year’s Heritage Nanango Mardi Gras has paid off for Nanango’s Mardi Gras Committee.
Organisers had been concerned that several competing events being held last Saturday night may have affected attendance numbers, but in the end it turned out their worries were unfounded.
The $80-per-head formal event attracted 60 keen punters to the Nanango Cultural Centre despite freezing (and at times, rainy) weather outside.
Guests were welcomed by showgirls from the La Creme Dance Academy as they walked up the red carpet.
Then they spent the evening trying their luck at Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’Em Poker, Craps and Casino War games, all on casino-standard tables provided by Timm Stay and his crew from Brisvegas.
The guests “gambled” using their allowances of $1000 in play-money in an effort to break the bank.
Jeff “Elvis” Hancox entertained the crowd throughout the night, while a string of delighted guests walked away with bagfuls of raffle prizes donated by the evening’s sponsors.
Bev Mariner was probably happiest of all, winning the evening’s major lucky door prize which was a weekend for two at the RACV Noosa Resort at Noosa Heads.
There were also prize give-aways for the best-dressed lady and gent, along with abundant trays of finger foods and prompt service at the bar.
The event was sponsored by Hairdo4U, Nanango Limousines, Downunder Enterprises, the Burnett Business Centre, South Burnett Autos and Barry Goodwill.
Mardi Gras committee secretary Chris Marshman said the evening was a great success – so much so that there have already been requests for a repeat performance.
She said this was certainly something the Mardi Gras committee would consider for next year.
[Photos by Clive Lowe Photography. More photos from the night can be found on Clive’s website]