Revelstoke Rotary’s casino & wine gala a hit

The glitz and glamour of casino came to Revelstoke on Saturday, April 2 to support the Revelstoke Rotary Club. Local residents joined in the fun and a few walked away with some major prizes.

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Andrew Stacey, Janet Pearson and Ken Baker watch the wheel spin at the Rotary Casino & Wine Gala. Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Revelstoke Rotary Club is hoping to become known for an annual casino and wine gala, after its successful debut on Saturday April 2.

As treasurer and event organizer Graham Harper said, the club usually does an assorted fundraiser every year.

Revelstoke Rotary Club treasurer Graham Harper mans the chip table at at the Rotary Casino & Wine Gala Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer
Revelstoke Rotary Club treasurer Graham Harper mans the chip table at at the Rotary Casino & Wine Gala Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer

“Each year it gets better and better,” he said. “We keep reinvesting the money.”

The club has been a champion for Revelstoke’s growth over the years, providing crucial funding to get projects going such as the Williamson’s Lake picnic area and the Revelstoke Adaptive Sports program.

“We’re always pumping money back into the community,” Harper said.

Saturday’s dinner, provided by La Baguette, sold out at 100, and more people came for the after-dinner events of poker, blackjack and wine tasting.

Prizes in the poker tournament included two trips to Las Vegas, valued at $1000 each, a Go-Pro from Pharamasave, Smith goggles from Revelstoke Optometry and more.

One lucky person who played to win in the casino walked away with a free ski pass for next season. There was also a 10-punch golf course card, a BBQ package valued at $850 and an Ipad from BDO.

“There’s nothing like this casino,” Harper said. “We’re hoping that rotary will be known for a casino event annually, it’s good fun.”

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