Rotary Club of Asheville hosts “Casino Rotary Royale” benefit on Jan. 25

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Rotary Club of Asheville hosts “Casino Rotary Royale” benefit on Jan. 25

The Rotary Club of Asheville is in its 99th year, counting down the days to
100. The “Casino Rotary Royale: Live and Let Bid” event will raise awareness
of the club’s upcoming centennial year while holding its own as the current
year’s primary fundraiser, says Callie Walston, chairperson.

“The event supports a range of vital Rotary programs,” she says.

A fun, soup-to-nuts approach to the evening ensures this isn’t an average
ho-hum fundraiser.

“The night will be a blast!” she says. “Yes, people can come in costume.
Having a James Bond theme, I think we will see everything from tuxedos and
gowns to suits and slacks and business dressy.”

During the evening’s festivities, singer Peggy Ratusz will perform a diverse
repertoire of jazz, swing, and classic favorites while guests enjoy a dinner
selection of salmon, prime rib, and vegetarian fare, followed by silent and
live auctions and a series of high energy raffles.

The exciting range of items up for auction includes hotel gift certificates,
hot air balloon rides, fine art, artisanal pottery, handmade scarves, a
glass blowing class, a round of golf, a variety of wine and dine packages, a
pub cycle tour, lunch or dinner at the Asheville Fire Department firehouse,
an African Safari, trips near and far including diverse locales such as
Philadelphia and Atlanta, a Catamaran sailing event, a menswear suit
ensemble, make-your-own fine jewelry, and dinner for 8 with a private chef,
among others.

“I promise it will be fun,” says Walston. “Anyone will feel comfortable if
they attend.”

“Casino Rotary Royale: Live and Let Bid,” an annual benefit auction for
Rotary Club of Asheville, is at the Renaissance Asheville on Saturday,
January 25, from 6-10 p.m For more information, to become a sponsor, or to
obtain tickets, contact Callie Walston and the Rotary Club of Asheville at

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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