Vegas Fever strikes Presque Isle

Posted March 23, 2012, at 12:32 p.m.
Last modified March 23, 2012, at 5:33 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Efforts to raise funds for Homeless Services of Aroostook Inc. heat up this weekend, as Vegas Fever hits the Star City, courtesy of the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club.

The Kiwanis Club, in partnership with Cumulus Broadcasting and the Aroostook Shrine Club, will be host for the festivities, featuring a day- and night-long event on Saturday, March 24, to raise money for the only homeless shelter north of Bangor.

“This extravaganza event will bring Sin City to the Star City — with showgirls, a wedding chapel [actual weddings will be performed, for participants with the proper paperwork] and a photo booth. And yes, Elvis will also be in the building — all night,” said Keith Madore, Vegas Fever Committee chairman.

The ticketed casino and auction event will feature casino-style table games — with play money — leading up to a live auction to benefit Homeless Services of Aroostook, which serves the entire County.

“The daylong event will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the Shrine Building [on Houlton Road], with Bingo. Then going into the afternoon at 1 p.m., there’ll be a Texas Hold’em Tournament. In the evening at 6 p.m. there’ll be a casino and auction,” Madore said.

Complimentary appetizers and refreshments will be served throughout the day and night. Participants must be age 21 or older.

The Kiwanis Club hopes to raise more than $10,000 for the homeless shelter.

“The need is evident to expand their services to help those in need who have been rebounding from this unstable economy in the past few years,” Madore said. He added that many of those who use the shelter are families with children.

“Local businesses have graciously donated an exciting array of prizes that will be auctioned that evening. Any businesses wishing to make a donation to the auction part of the event may do so by calling Penny McHatten at 551-5122,” Madore said.

“The theme for this year’s event is ‘It Takes a Community to Help a Community,’ and with those words we need community support and turnout for this event,” Madore said.

“Tickets are selling fast for Vegas Fever, so don’t miss your chance to win big,” said Susan Watson, co-chairwoman of the event. “At the chapel, proposals and vow renewals are encouraged.”

Tickets are $50 per person.

For more information, contact the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club by email at pikiwanis@yahoo.com or visit pikiwanisclub.homestead.com.

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