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The Big Chill Casino Night brings Vegas to Shelby

If you really need to get away but can't afford a trip to Vegas right now, the Cleveland County Arts Council (CCAC) has a deal for you. The organization's tenth annual "The Big Chill" Casino Night is scheduled from 7 - 11 p.m on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at the Cleveland County Arts Center, 111 S. Washington St., in Uptown Shelby.
"No matter how cold it is outside that night, it will be a hot time inside the Arts Center," says CCAC President Shearra Miller. "It promises to be a really exciting evening that will include fun, food, a silent auction, casino-style games and great prizes."
Attendees will be able to enjoy a wide variety of games at Vegas-style gaming tables, including Blackjack, Craps and Roulette.
"The 'High Roller' Blackjack table is always popular because it offers a greater chance of winning," says Miller. Another option for those who want an even more higher-level experience is the VIP package, which includes an admission ticket, extra "casino money," drink tickets and a personal beverage server.
Two tournaments of the popular Texas Hold'em-style poker are also scheduled.
"This is always a hit with the attendees as they play for a chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses," says Miller. Players must sign up in advance and pay $20 for each of the Texas Hold'em tournaments.
Another highlight of the night is "The Big Chill 50-50 Split Raffle." Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. Participants do not have to be present to win the raffle.
This year's silent auction features new and unique items such as:
A vacation package week at Port Royal, S.C.;
An Uptown Shelby shopping spree;
Child-sized upholstered chairs;
Family fun packages (baseball, golf, rafting);
Trees, planters, bird feeders;
Locally made pottery, massages, jewelry, teeth whitening and more.
The Big Chill is hosted by the CCAC board of directors and volunteers. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door and include $50 of "casino money." The VIP package is $100. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be available as well as a cash bar. All proceeds help to support the programs and events of the CCAC.
"And we want to remind everyone that what happens at the Arts Council stays at the Arts Council," says Miller.
For more information, call 704-484-2787 or visit the CCAC website at www.ccartscouncil.org.

By April Hoyle Shauf, Special to Community First Media

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