Viva Las Vegas comes to town!


THE CABARFEIDH Hotel is to be transformed into a Vegas style casino on December 3 when an amazingly glitzy and exciting fundraising event is held.Viva Las Vegas, sponsored by W.J Macdonald Butchers; The Carlton, Star and Era; and MG Alba, is all in aid of Cancer Research UK and organised by the Isle of Lewis Committee.

With a hugely impressive array of prizes on offer, including a two night stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas courtesy of Co-op Travel, lucky guests could also win themselves a trip to St Kilda, a day’s fishing on Eishken Estate and much much more.

Fully authentic Black Jack and Roulette tables will be set up in the Ballroom and professional couriers will dazzle guests with their amazing Vegas tricks.

The Stornoway Big Band (sponsored by Mann Judd Gordon) will be performing Sinatra and Dean Martin classics as well as Vegas themed songs to entertain the guests throughout the evening.

Ruth Macaskill from the local committee said the event was aimed at everyone: “The purpose of the event is to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK. Each year is a challenge coming up with new and excited fundraising ideas, after the success of the Cancer Research ‘Ladies Lunch’ the committee wanted to host another big event, this time it’s to include the men! 

“We hope to see the gentlemen come along in suit and tie while the ladies should wear cocktail dresses or evening wear. “As well as the casino games tables there will be a Wheel of Fortune on the night where guests can win bottle prizes every time the wheel is spun and there will also be a holiday auctioned, seven nights in Denia, Spain.”

The main prizes include:

1. Two night weekend stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Las Vegas, USA. One bedroom suite with view of the Las Vegas strip and holiday vouchers 2. Anthony Barbar original painting 3. Trip for two to St.Kilda (donated by Seaharris and Point FC) 4. One night dinner, bed and breakfast at Scarista House, Harris 5. Group tour and tasting at Abhainn Dearg Distillery, Uig 6. Leila Angus Photography Voucher 7. Two weekend guest tickets for Hebridean Celtic Festival 2012 8. Gas BBQ and patio pot with winter flowers (donated by Alex Clinton and Willowglen Garden Centre) 9. A day’s fishing at Eishken Estate 10. Necklace

11. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for two plus a bottle of house wine at Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert. Casino Games Table Sponsors: Calmax Construction; Maciver Consultancy Services; RMK; Lochs Motors; Thai Cafe and Fusion; and FMP.

Every year Cancer Research UK spends hundreds of millions of pounds on research into diagnosing, preventing and treating cancer. They are the biggest single independent funder of cancer research in Europe, supporting the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK. 

The local Isle of Lewis committee hope that the Viva Las Vegas night is a great success and that lots of money is raised for Cancer Research UK. Tickets are available from Events, £25.