Readers' Choice Winner: Freedom Rotary Casino Night

The fundraiser Saturday night may be the biggest party in town on St. Patrick's Day.

In our , 22 people voted for their favorite place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

And the winner is: .

Casino Night is a fundraiser and just a fun night. A ticket gets you an all-night buffet, drinks and $50 in chips. There's live music, too. Last year, the event raised $15,000 for local charities.

Casino Night tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Pick up tickets at Farmer's Insurance/Rodney Brooks, , , Sunrise Realty  or online. Must be 21 or older to attend.

The annual event, slated for Saturday at the County Fairgrounds, got six votes in the poll to edge out . The , which netted two votes, has has a special St. Paddy's Day menu. Patch reader itsmecissy tipped people off to it: "One year we went to the California Grill and their corned beef & cabbage was wonderful.

, from California Grill, responded with:

"Thank you for the comment about California Grill. I am glad you enjoyed the corned beef & cabbage. We are serving the same recipes same chef Saturday!"

But, honestly, Watsonville residents don't seem to care much for celebrating the most famous Irish holiday—just 22 votes? Maybe  is more en vogue in the Pajaro Valley.

The Villager, a locally-owned bar on East Lake Avenue, tallied five voted. Check out the poll below to see all of the results.

Green beer lovers—or fans of any other local business—should review it on Patch. How many stars does your favorite bar deserve and why? Rate it here.

Magezty March 18, 2012 at 06:26 AM
I find a paragraph in this article a waste of space, because instead of writting about HOW awesome it was for those who attended the Casino night? WHO were some of the lucky winners!!! Or it could of just mentioned Irish drink of the night at the villager? But then again that tells you about your audience....... How many people could possibly be signed up to receive your newsletter?? I am sure the people in this town just dont care about anything. Perfect example is the education of children thats suppose to be priority, BUT If there are over four hundred students in one of the many elementary schools in Watsonville, but only Four parents attend the parents meet ings???? WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU???? Why does this article have such a stupid sentence???? What does Cinco de Mayo have to do with it?
Dave Martone March 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM
We had a great time at the Casino Night. Great food, friends, and gaming.
regina bartlett March 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I had a GREAT time at All Saint's Episcopal Church's St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Sing Along. The food was really good and the company too. Well Done All Saints!
Jennifer Squires March 18, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Thanks for the feedback. This story was published before Casino Night.


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