The 'Royale' treatment: Covenant Hospice ‘Blue Jean Ball’ fundraiser goes Vegas

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Covenant Hospice Development Manager Jenni Perkins, left, and volunteer Alice Fowler review plans for this year's Blue Jean Ball. Lou Fowler, also an event volunteer, sits next to his wife.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM.

CRESTVIEW — This year's Blue Jean Ball patrons will get a taste of Las Vegas — and a smattering of Bond, James Bond — when the doors to Covenant Hospice's annual fundraiser open Oct. 5.

Organizers hope the seventh annual ball's theme, "Casino Royale," conjures images of the elegant world of 007 shaken, not stirred, with the glitz and dazzle of America's casino capital.

Volunteer organizer Bonnie Grundel said the ball's fundraising goal is $25,000. Donation opportunities will include business sponsorships, supporting local celebrity dancers and a silent auction.

Named for Ian Fleming's first Bond book, which was subsequently made into a TV special and two films, "Casino Royale" will feature table games including roulette, craps, blackjack and poker.

As they enter the Crestview Community Center's elegantly decorated lobby, planned to evoke the swank casinos depicted in Bond movies, guests will receive $1,000 in play money.

"If Lady Luck isn't on their side, they can make a donation to Covenant Hospice for additional play money," Covenant Development Manager Jenni Perkins said.

Gambling "winnings" can't be cashed in for prizes or real money, Perkins said. "The reward will be having lots of fun benefiting Covenant Hospice and honing your skills for your next trip to a real casino."

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