BIFF, library to host Reel Deal annual casino night

Photo provided by Mark Preuschl The second annual Reel Deal casino night will begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14, featuring gambling, live music, dancing, refreshments and more.

BELOIT - Try to take the house in a fundraiser that lets you bet on two local organizations, the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) and the Beloit Public Library (BPL).

The Reel Deal is back for its second year, which will turn the back room of the library into a luxurious casino starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14.

The night will give residents the opportunity to play blackjack, poker, roulette and craps using BIFF/BPL Bucks. Those bucks can be used to enter into raffles containing prizes like wine and beer baskets, vacation getaways, sports tickets, gift cards and more, BIFF executive director Max Maiken said.

"People are still talking about last year's debut of the Reel Deal casino night, the newest, established, permanent, floating gambling night in Beloit," Maiken said.

Beloit Public Library Director Nick Dimassis said that Beloiters will gain a new view of the library.

"From the moment you enter, volunteer dealers and croupiers will be ready to give you an even chance at breaking the bank," Dimassis said.

With the right password, guests will be admitted to the casino room of the library, where in addition to gambling there will be living music by Eddie B Jazz and celebrated local drummer Eddie Bogdanas, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a cash bar and silent auction. Prizes will be presented to the top winners at the end of the evening.

Prizes also will be offered for outstanding achievement in "Dancing the Night Away."

BIFF President Marty Densch said the Reel Deal offers patrons a chance to get dressed up and show their dance moves and gambling skills to benefit the two local organizations.

"BIFF is excited to join forces with The BPL again for what will be a unique evening packed with entertainment and surprises, whether you like to gamble, dance or just mix it up with friends," Densch said.

Maiken said 120 tickets were sold last year, and this year he would like sell upwards of 200 or more tickets sold this year.

He said funds will be split 50/50 between BIFF and BPL. Funds going to BIFF will go toward a program that teaches fifth graders critical viewing skills.

Tickets are $50, which gives residents their first handful of BIFF/BPL Bucks. Maiken said additional bucks may be purchased.

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