By Sarah Naron

Messenger Reporter

PALESTINE – They may not walk away with a jackpot, but those who attend the Palestine Association of Realtors’ upcoming fundraiser will play a part in sending deserving Anderson County high school seniors to college – and may even manage to solve a murder in the process.

The organization is gearing up to host “A Night at the Casino with a Little Murder on the Side” on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the former Farris’ Wings & Wraps building, located at 223 W. Crawford St. in Palestine.

“It will be a casino night, and along with that, they’re also going to do a murder mystery as part of the entertainment type of thing,” explained Cynthia Castleberry of Century 21 Gold Award Realty in Palestine.

Tickets to the event are $25 per person.

“That gives you three coins to start playing the games,” Castleberry said. “We’ve got blackjack; we’ve got roulette.”

Other games to be featured in the event include three-card poker and craps.

“There’s going to be no money won,” said Castleberry. “All the money goes into the scholarship program, which will allow us to award scholarships to high-school students that are graduating this year from any of the Anderson County high schools.”

Castleberry explained that the organization’s scholarship program has been in place for a number of years, while the casino night event is entering its second year.

“I think we gave out seven (scholarships) last year,” Castleberry said. “And they’re $1,000 scholarships.”

According to Castleberry, graduating Anderson County students looking to attend college or trade school are eligible to apply for scholarships.

“There’s an application; all the counselors know about it and have the link for that,” Castleberry explained. “There’s several questions, there’s an essay, there’s what you’ve done for community service – different items on there.”

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Castleberry at 903-221-3016.

Sarah Naron may be reached via email at snaron@messenger-news.com.