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Do you feel like a lucky dog? Or do you just want to help one?

Then take your shot at winning a pile of chips at the Dawson County Humane Society’s "Lucky Dog Casino," set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

Games to be featured include blackjack, Texas hold ’em poker, craps and roulette.

The casino also will offer prizes, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Prizes include a flat-screen TV, a half-day spa admission, $200 in auto detailing, entertainment gift certificates, a one-hour flight in a private plane and more.

Tickets may be purchased at the Community & Southern Bank (downtown Dawsonville and the Ga. 400 location) or by mailing check made out to "Dawson County Humane Society" to 433 Martin Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

Jerry Glanville, former coach of the Atlanta Falcons, will be the special celebrity master of ceremonies.

"The idea for this event came from some of our fundraising committee members," said Carolyn Bowen, president of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society. "The professional group that is running the Casino Night had done a similar event at the Chestatee community here in Dawsonville. The group came and set up, had all the equipment, dealers, script and chips.

"The name ‘Lucky Dog Casino’ came from the painting of dogs playing poker that we are using on our flyers. That painting is actually hanging in the restroom at the shelter."

All proceeds will go to help the humane society provide shelter to homeless animals in Dawson County and fund its spay and neuter programs. Bowen said the humane society currently houses about 200 animals, which require food, veterinary care and medication.

"We provide a means for our sheltered animals to be adopted; in fact, our adoption rate is very high due to the hard work of some very dedicated volunteers," Bowen said. "We spay or neuter the animals that are adopted out. We try to educate the citizens of our county as to humane animal care and the humane treatment of animals.

"We are very proud of our shelter. It took eight years of work from wonderful, dedicated volunteers to make it a reality and it has only been open for just over two years."

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