The Lenoir Community College Foundation is gearing up for its second annual Casino Night, to be held January 31, 2014, by inviting local “celebrities” to help make this year’s event a success.  The event will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Center at LCC. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit students through the LCC Foundation Scholarship Program, and the celebrity dealers who have agreed to participate did so because of their commitment to quality education in our local community. 

      This year’s local celebrity dealers include:

  • Kenneth Blizzard, Vice President of Blizzard Contract Flooring and Design
  • Debbie Chused, Promotion Products Consultant
  • Ed Mills, Retired Dean of Students at Lenoir Community College
  • Lucy Marston, Director of the Kinston-Lenoir County Visitors’ and Information Center
  • Carol Sykes, Mayor of Pink Hill
  • Bobby Taylor, Commissioner of Snow Hill and Owner of Greene Ridge Racquet and Fitness Club
  • Dr. Bob Hosea, Ear Nose and Throat Doctor, Kinston, NC
  • Dr. Lyn Turner, Dentist with Kinston Dental Associates
  • Corey Fader, Branch Manager of Home Owners Mortgage
Debbie Chused  

Debbie Chused, Marketing Consultant with Coastal Connections Marketing, is the latest Kinston “Celebrity” to have agreed to be at this year’s event.  Chused is the honored recipient of the 1999 Citizen of the Year award in Kinston/Lenoir County, and she has also received numerous other awards including Woman of the Year.  Chused’s business received the Small Business of the Year award in 2006, and her involvement in innumerable local boards signifies her commitment to the betterment of our local community.

She is excited to be participating for the second time in Casino Night, and she states, “My table will certainly be the winning one.”  She laughingly adds, “Players should come to my table for the best kiss they’ve ever had!”  Chused is thrilled to be a part of helping fund scholarship programs for LCC students by participating in Foundation events such as this, and she credits her interest in education to her mother, who taught for 30 years in the school system.  Chused and her husband Paul certainly see the importance of a quality education, and they wish for all to have the opportunity to receive an education if they so desire. 

It is no surprise that Debbie Chused has often been given the nickname “Cheerleader of Kinston and Lenoir County.”  She has played a crucial role in aiding commerce in Lenoir County through her involvement on the board of the Kinston Chamber of Commerce. 

Dr. Lyn Turner   Dr. Lyn Turner, local dentist at Kinston Dental Associates, is looking forward to his partnership with the Foundation at this event.  He encourages players to sit at his table, because “At my table, everyone wins!”  Turner feels that “Events like Casino Night are exciting, because the Foundation is able to raise a great deal of funds to support education.”  He hopes the community will “come together to support education in Lenoir County, because education is so vital to the success of our community.”
Corey Fader   Also prepared to assist players with their streak of luck is Kinston native Corey Fader.  Corey is husband to Megan Fader, and is the proud father of two beautiful girls, Lucy Abbott and Emma.  He is thankful for Lenoir Community College and believes “The Foundation is our greatest asset to job creation in Lenoir County, because it provides students with the funds to receive a quality education.”
Kenneth Blizzard   When asked why his involvement with the LCC Foundation is so important, Kenneth Blizzard says, “My two years at LCC, in all honesty, were some of the best years of my life!  LCC prepared me to transfer to a four-year university and was so beneficial to my career.  I can think of no better cause than helping to promote education.”  Blizzard is excited to be involved in Casino Night and encourages players to “Be sure to sit at my table, if you’re looking to hit it big!” 
Bobby Taylor   Bobby Taylor, owner of Greene Ridge Racquet and Fitness Club, is excited to be one of nine local “celebrities” who will be dealing at this year’s event. 
Taylor sees the benefits of the LCC Foundation hosting events to raise valuable funds for education.  He says, “Upon realizing what the Foundation has done for our students, I’m all for it!  They continue to promote students’ education, and are a valuable asset to our community.”  Taylor says “Players should be sure to sit at my table if they want to be entertained and have a good time.” 
For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, you may contact Timothy Maddox, Interim Events Coordinator for the Foundation, at 252-233-6843 or by email at tdmaddox07@lenoircc.edu.  Tickets are $50 per person.