St. Joseph Catholic Church, at the corner of Halfway Boulevard and Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown, will host its pre-Lenten celebration - Mardi Gras Casino Night & Auction 2008 - in Riggie Hall of the Parish Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Wagers will be made with play money, not real cash. The evening includes casino atmosphere, casino, board, and bingo games, $50 of play "house money," a gourmet cocktail buffet and dessert table, a 50/50 cash raffle, both a silent and a live auction including two weeks stay in Oahu, Hawaii, a flat-screen T.V., numerous restaurant and hotel gift certificates and much more! Up to one-half payment on the live auction items can be made with play "house money" and cash or check.
Gaming tables and manpower to run the evening of games is supplied by the Hagerstown Exchange Club, which donates its proceeds to the Hagerstown Parent/Child Center. A committee of parishioners supplies the decorations, buffet, program booklets and organization of the event.