Place your 'funny money' bets at Casino Royal Evening

Port Marlborough Pavilion staff member Nicola Beaman, left, treasurer Chris Marshall and operations manager Dale ...

Port Marlborough Pavilion staff member Nicola Beaman, left, treasurer Chris Marshall and operations manager Dale Ashworth prepare for the Casino Royal Evening fundraiser.

Roll on up, collect your $20,000 in "funny money" and try your luck at the Casino Royal Evening.

The fundraiser for the sports clubs at Picton's Port Marlborough Pavilion will offer a range of casino games, such as Black Jack and Roulette.

And if you hit an unlucky streak you can always buy more funny money to keep the good times going.

Those with a knack for gambling will be in a good position to score some prizes at the auction later that night.

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Port Marlborough Pavilion operations manager Dale Ashworth says punters will use their funny money to bid in the auction, with accommodation packages, boating kits and signed Crusaders and Chiefs rugby jerseys on offer.

"There's an auction using real money where some of the sports players will be auctioned off for four hours of labour," Dale says.

There will also be a photo booth with a classic Triumph Stag car and a prize for best dressed "James Bond guy" and "casino girl".

Money raised from the night will go to the four clubs based at the pavilion; Waitohi Rugby Club, Picton Football Club, Tokomaru Netball Club and Waikawa Waka Ama.

The pavilion, which opened in 2013, has become a hub for the town's sports and recreation clubs, Dale says.

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It has also been used for weddings, funerals, community meetings and other functions as well as by community groups like Picton Lions, Picton Dawn Chorus and the Totaranui Trust.

"We are really stoked it has gone so well and is so well used," Dale says.

Pavilion treasurer Chris Marshall says the uptake by the community has "exceeded all expectations".

"There are very few gaps in the calendar. The philosophy of sports clubs these days is to make the facilities multi-purpose to keep them viable," Chris says.

"It hasn't resulted in any clashes and clubs actually work together to achieve something, which is great to see."

Work has begun on two new courts, which will double as tennis courts in summer and netball courts in winter, Dale says.

Construction began in early February, with the playing surface expected to be ready by April and the lights and fencing by May.

Phase two at the pavilion, which will involve the construction of squash courts, a weights gym and meeting rooms, is in the feasibility study stage.

If it goes ahead, up to $2 million could have to be raised, Chris says.

Tickets for the Casino Royal Evening are $25 for pavilion members and $30 for non-members from, Bay Road Seafoods in Picton or at the door on the night.

 - The Marlborough Express


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