Casino Night returns Saturday at Parkdale FD

Parkdale Fire Department holds its 21st annual Casino Night Saturday, April 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the fire station, 4895 Baseline Drive.

The event, a “prize-packed, fun-filled night of casino games,” supports the fire department, a volunteer organization. There will also be a silent auction and raffle, with prizes including vacation packages, electronics, gift baskets, clothes and more. Everyone receives a raffle ticket with a paid entrance and more are for sale at the event.

The $20 entry fee includes $50 in starting chips, entrance to the beer garden and a chicken dinner. Free local rides home are available. The event is for ages 21 and over only.

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