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PLATTSMOUTH – Cass County residents dealt a winning hand to the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce Friday night during the organization’s annual dinner auction.

Residents came to St. John the Baptist School’s gym for an evening full of food and fellowship. The 2018 auction attracted people from across the area with a casino masquerade theme. Representatives of many businesses and community organizations filled tables on the gym floor for the fund-raising event.

Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Cruse said she and other chamber leaders had several goals for the dinner auction. One objective was to provide an event where people could enjoy themselves for the evening. A second purpose was to raise money for chamber activities over the next 12 months.

“This event is held yearly to help the chamber – which is a non-profit entity – continue to be able to help put on events yearly in the community that bring not only local, but those residents outside Plattsmouth, to our community and businesses,” Cruse said. “Without the money that is made from these events the chamber cannot put these fun events like Food Truck Wars, Taste of Brew, Amazing Race, Cornhole Tournament and Cruizin’ Main on for Plattsmouth.”

Dinner auction attendees were able to play a variety of games such as Plinko, ring toss, cornhole toss, cork pull and chuck-a-duck prior to a full-course meal. A cake auction, raffle and live auction followed the banquet portion of the evening. Participants were able to play a variety of casino games for the final two hours of the program.

Craig Todd (president), James Owen (vice president), Rex Goracke (treasurer) and Richele Sievers (secretary) are serving as officers on the Chamber Board of Directors this year. Julie Null, Martha Grosshans, Michael Lennen, Patti Jo Peterson, Stacie Kragness, John Cromwell, Gregg Owen, Becky Headley, Alicia Garbers, Katie Van Winkle and Alex McDaniel are current board members.

Cruse said 12 Cass County businesses became new Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce members over the past year. She said she appreciated both current and new partners for their support of chamber activities.

“We are not a city entity, so we must rely on great chamber members to help us to promote our community and keep us going,” Cruse said.

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