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Greater Denton Arts Council, United Way team up again for Lil' D NYE

The sprawling space inside the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center will transform into a lavish Las Vegas casino in the Roaring '20s, complete with the rattle of roulette wheels and a poker tournament, for the second Lil’ D New Year's Eve bash.

Organized by the Greater Denton Arts Council and the United Way of Denton County, the event raised close to $25,000 for the two nonprofits in its inaugural year, according to United Way board member Micah Pazoureck. This year’s celebration will start at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, and run until 1 a.m. at the arts center, 400 E. Hickory St.

Organizers said they’re offering dozens of prizes and a new feature this year with the poker tournament, which will require a $50 buy-in.

“It makes it a little more formal,” said Pazoureck, who’s also the chairwoman of the event.  

All the games will be played with “fun money” that can later be spent on raffle tickets for prizes, which Pazoureck didn’t want to reveal before the event.

She said music will be provided by David Pierce and his Holiday Orchestra, which is known to play both big band jazz and the occasional rendition of popular contemporary songs. DJ Woodtronic will also help set the tone for portions of the evening, including the New Year's countdown.

Similar to last year, popular downtown restaurant Barley & Board will provide appetizers, the main dinner and cocktails.

Two drinks are included with standard tickets, which cost $100 for singles and $175 for couples. "High Roller" experience tickets, which provide access to a designated VIP lounge, cost $150 for singles and $250 for couples. Hotel packages are also available.  

For more details, visit the event website

FEATURED IMAGE: Don and Joan Thoede, who were visiting friends in Denton, danced the night away to celebrate New Year's Eve last year at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. The Lil' D New Year's Eve party raised money for the Greater Denton Arts Council and United Way of Denton County. The two organizations will host the event again this year.  (DRC file photo)