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Las Vegas Night on Feb. 4 to raise money for Townsend’s 275th celebration in 2007

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TOWNSEND — Volunteers, here’s your chance to deal cards and run gaming tables at the 275th Executive Committee’s Feb. 4 fundraiser.

The 275th Executive Committee is betting Las Vegas Night will raise funds for the 2007 year-long celebration that ends with a parade late next year. The town was chartered in 1732.

Las Vegas Night will be held at the Townsend Rod and Gun Club, Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Games include blackjack, chuck-a-luck, roulette, money wheel, Texas Hold ‘em, and 50/50 raffles The snack bar will be open during the evening, and David Lamoureux will provide live entertainment. Admission is $3.

Las Vegas Night, Feb. 4 at the Townsend Rod & Gun Club, was only one of several fundraising events announced at the committee’s recent meeting. A Germaan Family Concert is set for Mar. 18 in the Great Hall and a barbershop quartet will perform there May 13.

Lamoureaux, 275th Executive Committee member who is chairing Las Vegas night, said, “This is a joint effort with the club and all profits from the games will be split.

“The Rod & Gun Club is very interested in working with us and has offered to let us use their facilities in the future for other ideas we come up with.” He mentioned possible barbecues being held during the summer.

Lamoureaux said the Feb. 4 Las Vegas evening needs volunteers to deal cards, run gaming tables or help in the kitchen.

Committee Chairman Edwin West said the next fund-raising event is the German Family concert, slated for March 18 at the Great Hall.

“This is the same family that did the Irish Folk & Fiddle night for us last year. They are spectacular,” he said.

West said refreshments will be served during intermission. Volunteers are needed to help with tickets and posters. Admission price will be decided at the next committee meeting.

The Sounds of Concord Barbershop Quartet program is on the books for May 13, also at the Great Hall.

“They will perform for a $600 fee,” West said. “They are expensive, but they put on an outstanding program. I would like to see if we can get a few sponsors to help us out with this.”

Committee member Albert “Tubby” Boucher, who has seen the quartet perform, said, “They put on one unbelievable show, and I vote to hire them for a fundraiser.”

West said Auguste “Herk” Fortin has volunteered to chair the parade committee.

“We are delighted to have Herk aboard. The parade is one of the of the highlights of the celebration,” he said.

The committee’s year-end financial statement was released, showing a balance for the celebration of $27,480.