Some dressed the part, while same played the part at Cornucopia’s first ever High Rollers event last Friday held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Many women modeled glitzy cocktail dresses while the men donned suits and tuxedoes with even a few top hats circulating the room. There was no dress code in effect though as there were also a handful of people wearing plaid and jeans. Jennifer Tice, PR Manager of Fairmont Chateau Whistler, surpassed expectations and was decked out in a Casino Costume complete with a roulette table skirt.
Guests gambled the night aways as they sipped on a cocktail or a glass of the very event appropriate wine, Seven Deadly Zins. Cocktails were nothing to write home about; considering the ticket price ($150) you would hope for something more than pop and cranberry juice as mixes. The “tasting” for beer and wine also raised some complaints, however, leniency was given knowing they were hosting under a gaming license which had limitations on the liquor amounts being poured.
With the ticket purchase came a $10,000 chip to get the ball rolling and the bets being placed. Whether a fan of Craps, Roulette, BlackJack or The Big Six, there was something for everyone to test their luck with.
Lady Luck was in the room for some as I watched then rack up the chips with a fire in their eye, eager to collect more and probably wishing they could cash them in. At the end of the night though it was not cash that was given out but prize packages to the individuals with the most chip money.
To satiate the hunger worked up from gambling, staff circulated the room with croque monsieurs, reubens, vegetarian croquettes and bison sliders. I heard the bison sliders were tasty, but ever-so popular they were gone before I got a chance to try. Although the savoury snacks were gobbled up, it was the chocolate table with aztec decor that proved to be the real crowd-pleaser.
Live music had guests on the dance floor or dancing on their color-changing fiber optic electric seats. These things were amazing and would be the perfect complement to any party with their practicality for cleaning up spillage and their visual appeal.
And if all that wasn’t enough to keep guests entertained, showgirls strutted around the room and periodically put on dance performances. Dancers were also up on the stage with LED hula hoops to distract those taking a break from the games.
All proceeds from the event went to Whistler Animals Galore (WAG).
For more pictures from the event check out my High Rollers Gallery on Flickr.