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A wager sure to pay off for local college students

If you want to have an evening of fun and fellowship while helping raise scholarship money for local students at the same time, then you cannot miss the upcoming “Speakeasy Casino Night” to be held at Grady Cultural Center next weekend.
Thomas University is hosting the benefit fundraiser and all of the proceeds will be used for scholarships exclusively for Grady County students who enroll in the private institution of higher learning.
The Speakeasy Casino Night will transport participants to a time when flappers were hip, gangsters ruled the night clubs and the right password would gain you entrance to the most happening place in town.
“This promises to be a great evening of fun, entertainment and excellent food, while raising money to fund scholarships for Grady County students attending Thomas University, a very admirable cause,” said Charles Davis, chairman of the Grady County Casino Night committee and member of the Thomas University Board of Trustees.
“Education is the key that unlocks a world of opportunities, and Thomas University is an excellent university with a number of degree programs located within 30 minutes of Cairo. We want to help those with the desire to obtain their degree,” Davis added.
Davis’ committee includes Lequita LeGette, Dot Moses James, Linda Drew Johnson, Anne Richter, Beth Wight, Kevin Cauley and Randy Wind.
“As a committee, we have been working hard to plan an evening that will be fun for local residents to enjoy, but also raise money for this most worthwhile cause,” Davis said.
Slated for Saturday night, Aug. 25, at the Grady Cultural Center, 101 First Street N.W., the Speakeasy Casino Night will include live entertainment, a silent auction and more. Guests are invited to enjoy the gaming tables and abundant food.
Tickets are still available and cost $50 per person, which includes $10,000 in casino play money, two complimentary drink tickets, a buffet meal, live entertainment and one raffle ticket.
Those interested are encouraged to dress in Speakeasy or 1920s attire.
“We’re excited about the Cairo hosted Speakeasy Casino Night to support scholarships at Thomas University,” said Dr. Gary Bonvillian, president of Thomas University. “The planning committee promises a great time for all with this unique theme event.”
The revelry will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased locally at The Cairo Messenger or online at For more information or to reserve tickets, call 229-227-6903.

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