Casino Royale at the Ritz another success

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Casino Royale at the Ritz event was a success, Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance officials announced.

Title sponsor for this year’s event was Consumers Mutual Insurance of Michigan. Platinum sponsors included the First National Bank & Trust, Dickinson County Healthcare System, Integrys Energy Services Inc., and Northern Michigan Bank.

Masters of ceremony were Keith and Jayna Houtari, who set the stage for a fun evening by announcing prize winners.

Prize winners included Kim Recla, winner of the appliance donated by Appliance & Furniture Mart; Jodi Formolo,winner of the gas grill donated by Upper Peninsula Insurance Agency; and Steve Zurcher, who won the Casino Cash.

Eight other people won various denominations of Casino Cash as well.

Other prize winners included Ray Cameron and Vickie VanLaanen, both winners of men’s pistols; Phil Leaf, winner of the ladies pistol; and Dave Droese, winner of the $2,500 custom made ring by Randy Erickson of Erickson Jewelers.

Underwriters for the pistols were Erickson, Rochon &Nash Funeral Home, Drs. Paul and Ted Fornetti, Superior Aviation, Town & Country Sales and Bacco Construction Co.

Integrys Energy Services Inc. and Crispigna’s Italian Market sponsored the Raspberry Cream Brownie Shooter, which was the dessert showcase.

Because of the generosity of scholarship underwriters, this is the 10th consecutive year that scholarships have been awarded to 62 area students to attend Bay West College, organizers added.

This year’s recipients are Sierra Fayas, Nicole Tripp, Forrest Nelson, Mason Schinderle, LeeAnne Jauquet and Nicole Lindgren.

Scholarship underwriters are CCI Systems, LaFaive Convenience Stores, MJ Electric, Mariucci Family Foundation, Range Bank and Vast.

Lynda Zanon, chamber director, expressed her appreciation to all the sponsors and the many businesses who donated prizes as well as all of the volunteers and committee members that enhance the evening of fun and prizes.

“Mark your calendars,” she said. “Next year’s Casino Royale at the Ritz event is already scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain.”