Royal flushes, full houses and blackjack

RTR hosting annual Casino Night fundraiser
Feb. 13, 2014 @ 05:09 AM

Cards will be dealt for poker hands and dice will be thrown on the roulette wheel during the 2nd Annual Casino Night fundraiser for Rutherford Town Revitalization (RTR) on Saturday.

The fun will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. at the former Doncaster-Tanner Outlet/Water Oak Restaurant facility located at 581 Rock Road in Rutherfordton.

"Last year's Casino Night was so much fun and this too should be a great evening around the tables with casino type games like Texas hold 'em, roulette and blackjack," said RTR Events Coordinator Cindy Adair.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

The price of each ticket includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, music and a number of coins that may be used for gaming. Additional coins will be available for purchase.

"The guests working the various tables will be people you know in the community and this will add to the fun," Adair said. "They will be dealing the cards and throwing the dice for their respective tables. Win at the tables, collect your coins and win great prizes."

Guests attending the fundraiser will also have the first chance to pre-order the Bechtler $2.5 coin, the third in the series of Bechtler commemorative coins.

The first coin emulated the Bechtler $1 gold coin, the first gold coin minted in the nation. Replications were available for purchase during Rutherfordton's 225th Anniversary celebration in 2012.

The second coin depicted the Bechtler $5 coin, and only 300 replicas were minted for purchase in June 2013.

All Bechtler commemorative coins have been designed with the assistance of coin dealer Norman Jenkins and his wife Betty of Norm's Coin Shop in Forest City.

The Jenkins are experts on Bechtler coins and have a large personal collection of coins. They generously donated a $1 Bechtler gold coin to the Town of Rutherfordton during the 225th Anniversary year, and in December 2013 donated a Bechtler $2.5 coin and $5 coin to the town, with instructions that the coins never be sold so current and future generations will be able to view them for years to come.

"We felt like the town needed these denominations of Bechtler coins," Norman said.

The proceeds from Casino Night and other RTR fundraising efforts are used to fund building grants to downtown property owners, to encourage partnerships in events and activities that stimulate the economic welfare of downtown businesses and merchants and to assist in the coordination and sponsorship of annual festivals.

RTR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is a member of the N.C. Main Street Program, a program of the N.C. Department of Commerce.

To purchase Casino Night tickets or for more information, call 828-287-2071 or visit www.rutherfordtown.com or RTR's Facebook page.