Saturday, December 15th is a busy day at the American Legion with something for the kids and family as well as a little gambling for those that like to take a chance. Saturday morning, starts out with a pancake breakfast with a special visit from Santa Claus and then during the evening the cards come out for Texas Hold'em. The American Legion Hall is at 122 West Palatine Road in Palatine and both these events are to raise funds for Legion Family Charities.
The Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) are holding a special Holiday pancake breakfast with Santa which is open to the public from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM at the American Legion Hall. “We are celebrating the Holidays at this month’s pancake breakfast,” said Garrett McNally, Commander of the S.A.L. “We will be holding our breakfast upstairs in our hall. Santa will be joining us from 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM. Children will be able to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and get a picture with Santa for $2.00 or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item.”
The S.A.L. will be serving “all you can eat” pancakes and French toast. With the pancakes and French toast, the S.A.L. will serve sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk. This month children can special order blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes. The breakfast costs $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children between 6 and 12 years old and children under 5 years old are free.
Once 3:00 PM rolls around out come the cards. From 3:00 PM until Midnight Legion visitors will be able to play cash and tournament Texas Hold'em. “Come out, play some poker and have some fun,” said McNally. “We’ll start the evening with some $1.00 to $3.00 cash games and then some $20.00 to $30.00 buy in tournaments as more people arrive. The main tournament will start at around 7:00 PM and will cost $75.00. There will be prizes for the top five winners in the main tournament.”
Cash tables will run all night until midnight. Sloppy Joe sandwiches, hot dogs as well as pizza will be available for purchase. A service bar will be open upstairs for the tournament and a full service bar will be open downstairs in the clubroom. “Our goal is to make this a friendly neighborhood game,” said Matt Christie, Project Co-Chairman. “We encourage camaraderie between the players as well as with their dealer.”
The Sons of the American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within the American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparent served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in the American Legion. There are currently 300,000 members of the S.A.L. in this country and abroad.
The Palatine Chapter holds their monthly general meeting on the first Saturday of the month at 10:30 AM at the American Legion Hall on Palatine Road in Palatine. For further information on the Palatine Sons of the American Legion, any of their sponsored events or for membership write to the Sons of the American Legion, 122 West Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067, call them at 847-359-1606, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alpost690.us.