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VFW POST BETS ON STUDENTS' LEARNING.

Byline: Sharon Cotal Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - American Legion Post 507 is transforming its hall Saturday into a Las Vegas casino with roulette wheels and blackjack tables to raise money to send local high school students to Sacramento to learn about state government.

Every year, the post sends one boy and one girl from each of the four local high schools to Sacramento to learn about government and participate in activities like mock elections at the Boys State and Girls State.

This year, VFW members and the Ladies Auxiliary decided to do something a little different to raise money, and chose the casino theme.

``We thought it would be fun and something different to do,'' said Aleta Padilla, an auxiliary member. ``Plus, we hope we can raise a lot of money for the kids going to Boys and Girls State.''

With the help of Casino Connection, a Canyon Country company that specializes in casino events, ``Casino Night'' at the legion hall will include one craps table, one let-it-ride, two roulette wheels and six to eight blackjack tables. Both professional and volunteer dealers will be on hand, and volunteer waitresses will be serving cocktails throughout the evening.

``Casino Night'' will begin with an all-you-can-eat buffet at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by gaming at 7 p.m. at the post hall, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall. The $20 advance ticket, or $25 at the door, includes the buffet and $3,000 in play money.

``Winnings'' can be spent on raffle tickets for prizes like trips to Las Vegas, dinners at local restaurants, Princess House glass wear and gift certificates from many local businesses.

The VFW hopes to raise $2,000 to finance the trips to Sacramento, and any additional funds will be used to assist local veterans, their families and the community.

For information or to purchase tickets, call the VFW at (661) 259-7507.
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