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Come To Casablanca Night, Support Weston Football

WESTON, Conn. ? You’ll feel like you’re in Vegas on Saturday at Casablanca Night in Weston. At the same time you'll support Weston football and have a chance to win a trip for two to an Arizona ranch resort.

The first combined fundraising event for high school and youth football and the cheerleading program will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall on 35 Norfield Road. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., casino games start at 8 and the event continues until 11 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per couple, $95 for singles. The money helps the programs pay a $10,000 annual fee to the town of Weston for the use of the athletic fields and facilities.

Casablanca Night is BYOB, but if attendees buy liquor at Vintage Fine Wines, Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, and say they're going to Casablanca Night, Vintage will contribute 15% of those sales to the football programs.

All ticketholders receive a first round of game chips at the start of the evening and can make donations for additional chips as the night proceeds. Blackjack, roulette and other casino games will be played.

At the end of the night the player with the most chips wins the grand prize, a getaway trip for two to the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz. Two JetBlue round-trip tickets, which can be used for the getaway, are included in the prize. Second prize is a large flat-screen, high-definition TV.

“Casablanca Night offers a variety of casino games for both the experienced and novice player, plus plenty of opportunities for everyone to win prizes,” said Kay Spencer, an event organizer.

Dan Hassett, president of the Gridiron Club, which supports high school football, said, “Special events work well and will help pay for our use of the bleachers, with money also going to equipment and extra coaches.”

Steve Santamaria, president of Weston Youth and Trojan Football and Cheer, said, “Youth football usually relies on contributions from families, but this is reaching out to the community to build on our success. Registration numbers are strong.”

Tickets for Casablanca Night can be ordered online at or purchased at the door.

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