A touch of Las Vegas came to Steubenville Saturday night, all for a good cause.
The event was called a Grand Night in Las Vegas, and it allowed Tri-State Area residents the chance to enjoy tribute acts to some of the all-time great entertainers - including Steubenville's own Dean Martin - experience some casino-style gambling - all in the name of charity - and, most important, help the Grand Theater Restoration Project move closer to its goal.
It was an evening of unique entertainment at Froehlich's Classic Corner, and it drew hundreds of area residents who are interested in seeing the Fourth Street theater restored to working condition. A new roof has been put on the main theater building, a gas line and furnace have been installed and work on the lobby has been completed, project officials report. Work continues on the roof of an adjoining building that was purchased for the project because it will provide access to an elevator, a must for events to be held.
Money raised at Saturday's event will go toward plumbing for the theater. That will allow the installation of restrooms, which also are needed before events can be held.
Featured performers Saturday included Jim Felix of Pittsburgh as Elvis Presley and Julie Langille, a Las Vegas showgirl.
Credit for bringing that talent to town and putting the event together goes to Francesca Carinci, Billy Petrella, Scott Dressel and Donna Keagler of the restoration project.
Their efforts and dedication, plus the work of the other members of the project, are helping to bring the restoration of the Grand Theater closer to completion, one segment at a time.