Vegas on the Mon benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
High-rollers were ready to raise the stakes on Thursday for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Vegas on the Mon at LeMont, cashing in on their good luck (and bad) in an elbow-only room crowd of 450.
"I get killed every time I come here," laughed Julian Neiser, no doubt why he consistently gets an invite.
Over at the slots, Greg Heddaeus and Katie Ann Sebastiano weren't above wagering whether or not they'd lose their shirts, "Probably!" Greg mused, while honoree Jack Kessler and honorary chair Dr. Stanley Marks were spotted at the roulette wheel.
Elsewhere, Debbie Barbarita wowed in an ooh-la-la leopard number on the arm of her lucky plus one, Mike, while co-chairs Ralph and Sharon Martin and Jeff and Paula Conn tried their best to shout out opening remarks while the bar crowd momentarily forgot what the chiming of a glass meant.
"I only have one job ... so far I'm not doing it very well since I don't have everyone's attention," mused Ralph.
Most of the dealers found themselves sitting on their hands for awhile before people began stacking their chips (and finishing the buffet), although once the games began, over $350K was raised for LLS, some of which we found was gleefully wagered with the help of someone else's wallet.
"I gave Kirk (Peters) my money...where did he go• He ran off with my money!" laughed Jim Leonard.