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On Friday, March 23, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 226 will host a Casino Night at the American Legion Hall, Highway 79 North, in Elsberry. Themed gift baskets and other items will be on silent auction. Merchandise raffles will be drawn throughout the evening. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door and all the proceeds from the event will be used to support veterans, enlisted men and women, education of Americanism, local scholarships, and the Elsberry community.
Unit 226 hosts one major fundraiser each year. In the past, Unit 226 has donated to the American Legion ballpark improvements, Elsberry city flag fund, Veterans’ homes and hospitals, Haiti Relief Fund, Girl Scouts of America, American Legion Creative Arts Festival, Honor Flight, Elsberry After Prom, Therapeutic Horsemanship and other local benefits and organizations.
“We have established the Rosemary Shaffer Memorial Scholarship for graduating seniors seeking to further their education,” said Casino Night Chairman Linda Koch. “We have landscaped the entrance to the Elsberry city cemetery and planted a ribbon of pink tulips for Breast Cancer awareness on Legion grounds.”
The American Legion Auxiliary is a sponsor of Girls State. Four girls from Elsberry and Silex will be attending this year thanks to monetary donations from SAL, DOM Club and Study Club. Recent projects of the ALA unit included working with Elsberry Schools to send 35 boxes to Missouri soldiers deployed in Afghanistan at Christmas; donating Girl Scout cookies to the USO at Lambert field; donations to tornado victims at Fort Leonard Wood, adopting a family at Christmas and monetary donations to local food pantry.
“We honor our local veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day with a dinner,” Koch said. “Community support of the Casino Night will enable the Auxiliary to continue serving the Veterans, enlisted personnel and the community.”
The following businesses and individuals are among those donating to the event: ABC Bracelets, Abel’s Quik Shops, American Family Insurance, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Annada Elevator, Avon-Michelle Vaughn, Bee Natural, Berni’s Pizza, Big Sticky’s BBQ, Bov’e’s Restaurant, Lisa Burkemper Cakes & Candies, Cadillac Bill’s Restaurant, Casey’s General Stores, CATO, CBC Banks, Christine’s Hallmark, Clarksville Station Restaurant & Overlook Farm, Clarksville Veterinary Clinic, Custom Floral Service, Dos Primos Restaurant, Dresser-Rand, Elsberry Animal Hospital, The Elsberry Democrat, Elsberry Hardware, Elsberry IGA, Elsberry Pharmacy, Finklang Eye Health Associates, Forrest Keeling Nursery, GNC, Green Pepper Restaurant, The Hair Movement, Hickman’s IGA, Image Makers Salon, Imagine That, Imo’s Pizza, Jackson’s Automotive, Julie Kearns, Juliet’s Salon, John & Karen Kinnamore, Krey Distributing, Kroger, Lia Sophia, Lighthouse Restaurant, Lincoln County Medical Center, Mary Kay Cosmetics-Kelly Burkemper & Reagan Skaggs, Maurice’s, Mohr Creations, Moudy’s Bar & Grill, Mr. D’s Pizza, MT Specialty Contracting, NAPA, Old Monroe Lumber Company, Pampered Chef – Debbie Foster, Parts City, People’s Bank & Trust, Lincoln Steel- Leanne & Buddy Presley, Pepsi, Pioneer Seed – Myra Beauchamp, Pirate’s Cove, Playoffs II, Princess House – Mary Watkins, Providence Bank Purina, Rachel’s Restaurant, River City True Value Hardware, Schnucks, Senate Theatre, Shelter Insurance, St. Charles CO-OP and White Rock Quarry.