The Second Annual Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve Casino Night fundraising event was held at the American
Legion Hall on January 31, 2015. This second version of the event was again co-chaired by Vicki Little and Julie
Schwab. Here are a few photos from that event. More photos can be seen on the Friends Facebook page by clicking
here. (Pictures thanks to Vicki Little.)
|Fort Myers Beach
Lee County, Florida
Casino Night 2015
|To protect, enhance, and educate about the Preserve
John Lallo and other Texas Hold'em players at
Blackjack players are
ready for action.
Donations from town residents and businesses
ready to be raffled off at the end of the evening.
Rick O'Connell organized and ran the
Texas Hold'em Tournament.. .
Craps table staff prepare for an
onslaught of players
The 2015 Casino Committee reached their fundraising goal by bringing in well over $5,000 at the 2nd annual Casino
Gaming Night! The American Legion Hall proved to be a prime venue with ample space for the black jack, bingo and craps
tables, as well as room for the silent auction, raffle prizes and dining. Everyone enjoyed Playing for the Preserve and went
home with some great prizes.
This fabulously “fun”draising event was possible thanks to our great sponsors, Pete’s Time Out, Gore Seafood, Sue’s
Souvenirs & Gift at the Lani Kai and SunCoast Beverage and the dedicated volunteers! A special thank you goes out to
John Lallo, Rick O’Connell and Tracey Gore for their donation of time and talents.
A big thanks to our gracious donors: Allurings, American Legion Hall, Best Western FMB, Blueway Paddling Trail, Capt.
Richard Cain, Cathy Olson, Chuck Bodenhafer, Citrola's Italian Grill, Esterra Spa & Salon, Fishmonger Restaurant, Gore
Seafood, Gull Wing Resort, Hair etc. by Ollie, Healing Harbor Massage, Holiday Water Sports, Island Inn on Sanibel, Island
Sol, Kelley's Gourmet Treats, Key West Express, LaOla Restaurant, Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Liston
Bochette, Local Color, Mango Rita’s, Mango Street Inn, Matanzas on The Bay, Mid Island Water Sports, Mike Campbell,
Naples Zoo, Nervous Nellie’s, One Flight Up Salon, Pete’s Time Out, Pier Peddler, Pierside Grill, Pink Shell Resort, Plaka
Restaurant, Pure Florida, Red Coconut, Rick Little, Sanibel Steakhouse, Seminole Casino, Shipwreck, Silver Sands, Skye's
Restaurant, SOB's, South Beach,Sue's Souvenirs & Gifts at the Lani Kai, SunCoast Beverages, Terra Nostra Restaurant,
The Cigar Hut, The Goodz, The Sea Gypsy Inn, Town & Country Liquor and all those that attended the event.
And, of course, this event would not have happened without the hardwork of many members of the Friends of Matanzas
Pass Preserve! Those collecting donations were Colleen and Mick Curtis, John Lallo, Tracey Gore, Jim Rodwell, Vicki
Little, Gini Smith, Carolyn McKeown Julie Schwab, Terry Cain, and Rick O'Connell. Pat McKeown dealt with online
publicity and ticket sales. Superbly handling the front desk were Jim, Rodwell, Terry Cain, and Cindy Mitar. Running the
raffles and silent auction area were Gini Smith, Diane Jones, and Betty Simpson. Selling 50/50 tickets were Coleen Curtis
and Tracey Gore. Selling bingo sheets and calling the Bingo games were Dorothy Rodwell and Tree Andre. Decked out in
appropriate dealer attire were the Black Jack dealers: Pete Lallo, Linda Clayton, Chuck Schmit, Mick Curtis, Jessica
Morningstar, and Joe Knaeble. Running the Craps table were Tom Tallent and Fred Charon. Last but far from least were
Rick O'Connell and John Lallo who managed the Texas Hold'm Tournament.