If you can't make it to Atlantic City this weekend, don't panic. A bit of the home of glitz is coming to Severna Park with the Chamber of Commerce's first-ever Casino Night.
The lure of glamour shines in the first prize of the jewelry raffle -- a $2,000 diamond cluster ring from Parisi's.
At The Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway, gamblers will find wheels, auctions and other raffles. Dancers can boogie with TC '50s and '60s band. For local enologists, the evening will include a tasting of summer party wines.
But one of the biggest draws, says chamber executive director Linda Zahn, is the food -- everything from ribs to salmon included in the admission price of $20.
The community's businesses are donating all the food, with selections from The Main Ingredient (the caterers for Garry's Grill), Adam's Ribs, the Blue Channel Inn, the Deep Creek Restaurant, Heavenly Ham, Damon's Place for Ribs, Casa Bella, Mama Talli's, Baskin-Robbins, Giant Foods and Severna Park Inn Liquors.
All proceeds from the evening benefit the chamber's community projects.
One contributor, J. Anthony's Delique, is providing a display of salmon hors d'oeuvres, a vegetable basket with lemon dill dip and a fruit display with Amaretto cream cheese sauce and a blackberry liqueur chocolate sauce.
Katha Scheeler, the shop's catering consultant, said J. Anthony's joined the Chamber of Commerce recently and wants to help promote community businesses.
"The chamber has gone out of their way to make our business feel welcome here," she said. Mrs. Scheeler, her husband and two other relatives took over the business, which specializes in gourmet catering, a year ago.
Through the shop, a county baker who markets her bread under the name "Vera" is donating dozens of loaves for the event. The European gourmet bread includes everything from sesame-poppy rings to rosemary-dill squares. There are round breads, square breads, long French breads and oddly shaped twisted loaves.
Mrs. Scheeler's husband, John Anthony Scheeler, is preparing the displays. Mr. Scheeler is a chef with the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington.
Mr. Scheeler's salmon display features salmon arranged on a 2-foot by 3-foot mirror, to provide the effect of water, surrounded by seaweed and crawfish.
Earlier this week, the Scheelers prepared a practice fruit basket, laced with lavender and white daisies. Pastel slices of cantaloupe, melons, grapefruit and pineapple rested next to chunks of watermelon and a bright orange papaya was sliced to display its seeds. Strawberries nestled in a green melon, next to kiwi.
The price of the tickets includes $10 of "funny money." The event will run from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Raffle tickets, which cost $1, are available at several Severna Park locations. For information, call 647-2575 or 987-6625.