Casino Night a hit for Anna Maria Island Rotary

Dice rolled, slot machines rang and chips flew at last Saturday’s annual Anna Maria Island Rotary Club fundraiser.

Several hundred guests acted like high rollers at the gaming tables, even though they were only playing for bragging rights.

Actually, they were playing for charity since all of the evening proceeds will be used for the various community projects supported by the Rotary Club.

The hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church looked like spring had sprung in Monte Carlo with cheerful pastel table linens and bouquets of balloons floating high above the tables.

President Barry Gould was very happy with the event, which was particularly fortunate since his wife, Dantia, was the chair. She was quick to share the credit with her co-chair, Rosann Creed.

County Commissioners Carol Whitmore and John Chappie were doing their part at the dice table to help the budget, although John had to get a bailout from Carol to keep his spot at the table. And John Quinlan was learning to play three-card poker, as his wife, Mary, and Stam and Cindy Stathis watched over his shoulder.

The big spenders had plenty to choose from in the auctions. Vacation getaways, artwork and gift certificates filled the silent auction, and the live auction featured a Hawaiian stay and a week-long cruise. But the most unusual item had to be the personal session with psychic Peggy Rometo.

Seen at the party were Janene Witham and Patty Persson (enjoying a “girls’ night out”), Jerri and Jamie Creed, and immediate past president Pam Schleuter and her husband, Steve.

Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. She has been active in many local organizations as a volunteer or an employee.