Hollywood Casino blackjack tourney, preview night to benefit Special Olympics

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Posted March 07, 2012, at 9:04 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway will offer table games a day early to benefit Special Olympics Maine.

Organizers of the Law Enforcement Torch Run are offering a chance for patrons to preview the table games from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in exchange for a donation of $75 per person — or $130 per couple — to Special Olympics Maine. The event is open to the first 150 people who sign up.

The torch run is an annual event leading up to the Special Olympics Summer Games, during which an estimated 700 law enforcement officers run about 900 miles carrying the Special Olympics Flame of Hope.

The event will include hors d’oeuvres, one-time entry to the Steak and Crab Epic Buffet, a cash bar benefiting Special Olympics Maine and a change to learn the table games that will be opening to the public the next day.

Hollywood Casino also will host a blackjack tournament as part of the event, with Special Olympics Maine awarding cash prizes to the top three winners. The casino will offer discounted hotel rooms to those who want to stay the night after the gala.

Though no other cash winnings will be awarded to table game winners during the sneak peak, slot machines will be live and available as usual.

Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia, director of the Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Maine Chiefs of Police representative for Special Olympics, said the fundraiser will help fund efforts to improve physical fitness, self-confidence, personal growth and courage of Mainers with intellectual disabilities through athletic training and sporting events.

“I commend Hollywood Casino for recognizing the need and for their willingness to help law enforcement efforts with this worthy cause,” he said.

For information or to sign up, call Special Olympics Maine at 879-0489 and speak with Linda Fredericks at ext. 10 or Lisa Bird at ext. 15.

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