The list of prizes donated for the Marco Island library’s Casino Nite in the new Rose Hall on Saturday, March 27, is growing. Many local businesses are contributing good and services to be won with raffle tickets earned at Las Vegas-style games between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that night. The Marriott, Hilton, Island Country Club, Hideaway Beach Club, Marco River Marina, Publix, Erin’s Isle Restaurant, Coiffures International and Rick’s Island Salon are just a few local establishments who have generously contributed prizes to be raffled off with tickets won at blackjack, roulette and craps tables manned by professional dealers.
Casino Nite tickets are a tax-free $40 donation to Friends of the library ($35 for FOL members) and entitle holders to $1,000 in gaming chips, hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. Additional chips will be sold that night and there will be a cash bar for wine and beer. Tickets are available Wednesdays at the Marco Island Farmers Market, at the Library, and at the door on Casino Nite.
Rose Hall opened on February 26 and will be used as a community room for programs, lectures, additional public computer access, and special events. Marco Island residents Bill and Myrt Rose gave the initial seed monies to build the much-needed addition. Collier County and the City of Marco Island also donated funds and the balance needed was raised over nine years through car raffles, bake sales, and a jazz concert overseen by the all-volunteer board of the Marco branch of Friends of the Library.
Casino Nite will raise funds to complete furnishing Rose Hall. The Friends of the Library also sponsor cultural programs for children and adults, provide additioanl book/CD/DVD purchases, and public computer access. Annual membership in the Friends is $25 per person or $35 for a family and includes invitations to Friends-only programs, the Friends newsletter and discounts to Friends-sponsored events.