Gaming license secured for Cornucopia party 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler to host casino-themed party after Crush; All proceeds go to WAG

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN FRENCH - Whistler Wager The Casino Royale event of past Cornucopias isn't happening this year but the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has stepped up on Nov. 9 with proceeds going to WAG.
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  • Whistler Wager The Casino Royale event of past Cornucopias isn't happening this year but the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has stepped up on Nov. 9 with proceeds going to WAG.

There's a new party on the Whistler Cornucopia schedule.

With Casino Royale off the party list for 2012 the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has come forward to fill the void by hosting a new event called High Rollers on Friday, Nov. 9. The casino-themed party will start at 10 p.m. and wrap up at 2 a.m. with canapés and cocktails, dancing to live music, gaming tables and prizes.

Sue Eckersley with Watermark Communications Inc. said the event is being produced by her company in conjunction with the hotel.

"We are partnering with the Chateau this year and launching it with them and then we will step back and the Chateau will take it to new heights minus our assistance next year," said Eckersley. "It's combining the Chateau's ability to deal with the high-end clientele and our expertise in event production and bringing a party."

Casino Royale was organized and hosted in the past by Ric's Grill. The restaurant isn't hosting the party this year.

"There will be more tables than were available at the Casino Royale in the past," said Eckersley. She also said a gaming license was granted late last week so High Rollers will feature real gaming tables.

According to Eckersley, the first 100 tickets for the party are being sold at a reduced price of $120 each. She noted on Tuesday, Oct. 9 that most of the lower priced tickets were already sold. The price per ticket will jump to $150 each once the first 100 tickets are gone (go to www.whistlercornucopia.com/ for tickets).

Jennifer Tice of the Fairmont's communications department confirmed the party would take place in the hotel's Macdonald Ballroom, with a maximum capacity of 650 people.

"All proceeds will be donated to WAG, so come out enjoy the fun and give back to a great cause in the Whistler community," Tice said.

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