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In addition to tea, larger parties may serve punch or, in cold weather, hot chocolate. The tea is accompanied by a variety of easily managed foods. Thin sandwiches such as cucumber or tomato, bananas , cake slices , buns , and cookies are all common choices. Formal receptions are parties that are designed to receive a large number of guests, often at prestigious venues such as Buckingham Palace , the White House or Government Houses of the British Empire and Commonwealth. The hosts and any guests of honor form a receiving line in order of precedence near the entrance.

Each guest is announced to the host who greets each one in turn as he or she arrives. Each guest properly speaks little more than his name if necessary and a conventional greeting or congratulation to each person in the receiving line. In this way, the line of guests progresses steadily without unnecessary delay. After formally receiving each guest in this fashion, the hosts may mingle with the guests.

Somewhat less formal receptions are common in academic settings, sometimes to honor a guest lecturer , or to celebrate a special occasion such as retirement of a respected member of staff. Receptions are also common in symposium or academic conference settings, as an environment for attendees to mingle and interact informally. These gatherings may be accompanied by a sit-down dinner, or more commonly, a stand-up informal buffet meal. Receptions are also held to celebrate exhibition openings at art galleries or museums.

The featured artist or artists are often present, as well as the curators who organized the exhibition. In addition or instead, a celebratory reception may be held partway through or at the end of an exhibition run.

This alternative scheduling allows guests more time to see the exhibition in depth at their own pace, before meeting the featured guests. Some food is often served, as in academic gatherings. Refreshments at a reception may be as minimal, such as coffee or lemonade, or as elaborate as those at a state dinner.

In the 18th century, in France and England, it became fashionable for wealthy, well married ladies who had a residence "in town" to invite accomplished guests to visit their home in the evening, to partake of refreshments and cultural conversation. Society hostesses included actresses or other women with a larger-than-life reputation. A dance is a social gathering at which the guests dance.

It may be a casual, informal affair or a structured event, such as a school dance or a charity ball. Dances usually take place during the evening. An afternoon dance is formally known as a tea dance. Some dances feature specific kinds of dancing, such as square dancing. A ball is a large formal party that features ballroom dancing. Women guests wear ball gowns ; men wear evening dress. A block party is a public party that is attended by the residents of a specific city block or neighborhood.

These parties are typically held in a city street that has been closed to traffic to accommodate the party. At some block parties, attendees are free to pass from house to house, socializing, and often drinking alcoholic beverages. At a masquerade ball , guests wear masks to conceal their identities. Guests at a costume party or a fancy dress party wear costumes.

These parties are sometimes associated with holiday events, such as Halloween and Mardi Gras. In English and American culture during the Christmas season, it is traditional to have a Christmas caroling party. People go from door to door in a neighborhood and sing Christmas carols. In Spain, this type of party is called El Aguinaldo.

It is the same as in England and the United States, but the only difference is that the children who sing the carols are given tips. Dance parties are gatherings in bars or community centers where the guests dance to house music , techno music , or disco. The music for dance parties is usually selected and played by a disc jockey.

A spin-off of dance parties, the rave involves dancing to loud house music , techno music , or industrial music. Rave parties may be attended by as few as a score of people in a basement or, more likely, by a few hundred people in a club, to as many as thousands in a large warehouse, field, or even tens of thousands in a sporting arena, amusement park, or other large space.

Raves are associated with illegal drugs such as Ecstasy and psychedelic drugs. A house party is a party where a large group of people get together at a private home to socialize. House parties that involve the drinking of beer pumped from a keg are called keg parties or "keggers. Sometimes, even older party-goers run afoul of the law for having provided alcoholic beverages to minors.

Arrests may also be made for violating a noise ordinance, for disorderly conduct , [5] and even for operating a " blind pig ", an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages. On college campuses, parties are often hosted by fraternities. Outdoor parties include bush parties and beach parties. Bush parties also called "field parties" are held in a secluded area of a forest "bush" , where friends gather to drink and talk. These parties are often held around a bonfire. Beach parties are held on a sandy shoreline of a lake, river, or sea, and also often feature a bonfire.

A pool party is a party in which the guests swim in a swimming pool. School-related parties for teenagers and young adults include proms and graduation parties , which are held in honor of someone who has recently graduated from a school or university. A singles dance party and mixer is a party which is organized for people who are not married and who want to find a partner for friendship , dating , or sex.

Usually a "mixer game" is played, to make it easy for people to meet each other. For example, each guest may be given a card with an inspiring quotation on it. The game is to find a potential partner who has the same quotation.

Couples who have matching cards may be given a small prize. A fundraising party, or fundraiser, is a party that is held for the purpose of collecting money that will be given to some person or to some institution, such as a school , charity , business , or political campaign.

These parties are usually formal and consist of a dinner followed by speeches or by a presentation extolling whatever the money is being raised for.

It is very common to charge an admission fee for parties of this kind. This fee may be as high as several thousand dollars, especially if money is being raised for a political campaign. A shower is a party whose primary purpose is to give gifts to the guest of honor, commonly a bride-to-be or a mother-to-be.

Guests who attend are expected to bring a small gift, usually related to the upcoming life event, like getting married or having a baby. Themed games are a frequent sight during showers as well.

A housewarming party may be held when a family, couple, or person moves into a new house or apartment. It is an occasion for the hosts to show their new home to their friends. Housewarming parties are typically informal and do not include any planned activities other than a tour of the new house or apartment.

Invited family members and friends may bring gifts for the new home. A welcome party is held for the purpose of welcoming a newcomer, such as a new club member, a new employee, or a family's new baby. In many cultures, it is customary to throw a farewell party in honor of someone who is moving away or departing on a long trip sometimes called a bon voyage party.

Retirement parties for departing co-workers fall into this category. A cast party is a celebration following the final performance of a theatric event, such as a play , a musical , or an opera.

Cast parties are traditionally held for most theater performances, both professional and amateur. Invited guests are usually restricted to performers, crew members, and a few others who did not participate in the performance, such as sponsors and donors who have helped fund the production. Which he used for gambling FL - A former Jacksonville youth center employee was recently arrested and charged with stealing thousands after the nonprofit organization's executive director discovered thousands of dollars missing from an account.

Ex-casino staffer gets prison for free gambling sprees. Thief Seeks Payback Chance. FL - A disbarred lawyer with a gambling addiction is taking his chances with a judge after pleading no contest to 17 counts of grand theft. Former Broward union leader Browne's conviction upheld.

FL - A federal appellate court on Thursday upheld the corruption conviction and nearly six-year prison sentence of Walter J. Browne, once Broward County's most powerful labor leader. Devaney embezzled funds to feed a gambling addiction.

In June, the court sentenced DeLoach, Garcia and Licata to prison terms of 97 months, 63 months and 63 months respectively. Licata used her share of the pilfered funds to purchase real estate in Florida and Nicaragua, and to support a high-rolling gambling habit.

BSO seeks help in finding woman's attacker. FL - Investigators are asking for help locating a man who attacked a Fort Lauderdale woman, then stole her purse outside a Pompano Beach casino earlier this month.

Statistics show crime rate will rise. FL - The statistics are sobering. In communities that permit Class III casino gambling, such as Las Vegas-style slot machines, blackjack card games and even roulette or craps, the crime rate is nearly twice the national average.

In addition to the public safety concerns, Floridians should consider the impact widespread casino gambling would have on one of our most valuable commodities - family-friendly tourism. Families come to Florida from all over the world to experience our beaches and attractions from the Panhandle to the Keys.

According to the National Council on Problem Gaming, to year-olds show the highest rate of gambling addiction. Casale could say Friday was, "I'm sorry. Grandson arrested for stealing safe with money. Police say he stole from his year-old grandfather to feed a gambling problem. Father leaves kids in car, plays poker. AP -- Authorities say a father was charged with child neglect after leaving his two young sons in a parked car by themselves while he played poker at Greyhound Park.

Bank robberies surge in the Tampa Bay area. Last year, the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office investigated 17 bank robberies. Little more than half way through , they've already had 24 cases. People with expensive addictions, whether to drugs or gambling, may turn to robbing banks for quick cash, Fish Sgt.

FL - A federal judge on Friday sentenced former County Commissioner Tony Masilotti to five years in prison in a far-reaching public corruption case Upon his release, Masilotti will be supervised for two years and have to seek treatment for "pathological gambling," the judge said.

Masilotti, a former Royal Palm Beach mayor elected to the County Commission in , is the third Palm Beach County politician sentenced to prison in the last year. Alleged bank robber caught. FL - A man who allegedly robbed a Punta Gorda bank last summer wearing an obvious wig, a fake mustache and sunglasses was arrested and booked into the Charlotte County Jail Wednesday. A woman who knew Holland contacted police after she saw a surveillance photo, the affidavit said.

Feds seek sentence cut for ex-Abramoff partner Kidan. FL - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reduce the prison sentence of Jack Abramoff's former business partner in an ill-fated gambling fleet purchase. Kidan, 42, has provided assistance to state officials investigating the slaying of former SunCruz owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. Police silence grieves parents of son who died. Nearly a month later, the death is still under investigation. Domenic Grosso, a criminal-defense lawyer in Boca Raton, says he has pleaded with the Seminole Police Department for answers, but has gotten nowhere.

She enjoyed taking gambling trips Man pleads guilty to racketeering. FL - Despondent, Steinberg racked up thousands of dollars in gambling debts, betting on the sports he could no longer play, and got involved with the wrong people, his father said. On Friday, Steinberg, 31, pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale federal court to racketeering conspiracy for engaging in a pattern of criminal activity as an associate of the Genovese crime family.

Naples attorney Richard Treiser, who represents Pinnacle, said an examination of credit card accounts tied to the Hughens show substantial charges at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

First prostitution arrest reported at slots casino in Hallandale. Kline, of Linden, Va. FL - The woman in charge of paying the Convention and Visitors Bureau's bills was draining its bank account to feed a gambling habit.

She wrote herself blank checks and skipped payments on payroll taxes. Duffer's attorney said Duffer stole from the bureau to cover for a gambling problem.

Accountant to look at convention bureau books. FL - Donna M. Duffer, the bureau's former controller, has been accused of stealing thousands to finance her gambling problem. Last week, bureau officials said Duffer admitted to forging signatures on checks she wrote to herself. PBC employee fired for stealing tax money. Skimming cases are blamed on lax accounting.

Guinan and Skehan are alleged to have used church funds to pay for their lovers' credit card bills as well as real estate, travel and gambling.

Angry gambler plows his truck into Miccosukee casino's glass doors. Three former PBSJ employees pleaded guilty to fraud. Licata used her share of the stolen funds to purchase real estate in Florida and Nicaragua, so as to engage in high-dollar gambling activities, according to the release. Priests stole millions from parish, police say. Two Roman Catholic priests stole millions in offerings made to their parish over several years, authorities said Thursday.

He is alleged to have stolen an unspecified amount of money to take gambling trips. Ex-Chief Financial Officer W. Scott DeLoach and two former underlings also cited in the investigation, Maria Garcia and Rosario Licata, waived indictment Monday in federal court. Their lawyers said they will plead guilty, possibly by the end of the week. The scheme, according to court documents: DeLoach, Garcia and Licata issued company checks to themselves and funneled money from the company's healthcare-benefit fund into secret bank accounts under their control.

The trio used the proceeds to ''fund lavish lifestyles,'' according to the documents. Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest in rape of Hard Rock employee. Ricardo Guillaume, 27, of Miami, is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder and sexual battery after being arrested Sunday night. Casino winner loses to armed robber. The casino winner woke up on the floor of the motel room with his shorts missing and his money gone.

Abramoff to testify in Florida murder case. Jury hears testimony on doctor's gambling trips. FL - Luyao's attorney, Joel Hirschhorn, said the evidence is weak and irrelevant to the charges for which she's being tried: Prosecutors say gambling habit fueled Luyao's alleged crimes. Asuncion Luyao was by no means a "high roller," but prosecutors say her frequent trips to a casino cruise ship were a motive behind her alleged crimes.

The year-old Port St. Lucie physician is being retried on charges of racketeering, trafficking in oxycodone and manslaughter after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial in her first case in June. One thing led to another, and the two, a teacher and student at the very same school, were allegedly swept into a sexual relationship that lasted six months.

Abramoff pleads guilty to bank fraud charges. By any name, lobbyists are. FL - Before Abramoff ran into trouble for allegedly buying Florida's fleet of SunCruz casino boats with money he didn't have, he tapped into casino proceeds from SunCruz and his Indian tribe clients and sent the money to members of Congress -- from both parties. He directed campaign contributions to his congressional toadies and took them golfing in Scotland.

He set their staffers up on SunCruz gambling junkets. He sent casino money to anti-gambling Christian crusaders, knowing that religious principles don't count for much in the new www. Businessman pleads no contest to charges. He traveled to Las Vegas to gamble Ex-store employee charged with theft. Is accused of writing checks to himself and using a company credit card to withdraw cash at gambling casinos McCain puts ex-official on hot seat.

DC - Abramoff was indicted in Florida earlier this year on federal wire- and mail-fraud charges stemming from his acquisition of a casino-boat chain. He remains under investigation in the District of Columbia by a federal criminal task force. GOP picks up tab. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on July 12 and whisked the four lawmakers to its company headquarters in Canada. Magna is eager to install slot machines at Gulfstream, its thoroughbred track in Broward County.

Con artists use lottery jackpot ruse to bilk elderly Pines woman. FL - Police are asking for help finding two cons who tricked a year-old woman out of a large bundle of money.

The thieves convinced the elderly woman that they had a winning lottery ticket that they needed helped cashing. She enjoyed taking gambling trips. FL - Three security guards aboard the Sterling Casino Lines cruise ship were supposed to be keeping an eye out for burglars while the ship was docked overnight at Port Canaveral.

Gamblers seek to acquire assets of illegal sports betting operation. IRS cites problems with use of tribal gaming revenues. FL - The Internal Revenue Service is signaling concerns about the way tribal governments use gaming revenues as a Senate committee on Tuesday opened hearings on tax abuse. The IRS is already scrutinizing tribes for using tax-exempt bonds to finance casino and hotel projects. Now, the head of the IRS has identified other "problems" in a sector that includes tribes and charities that are normally granted tax exemptions.

Man charged in card-game death. FL - Gadsden County sheriff's investigators charged a Sawdust man late Thursday in this week's killing of another man for his card-game winnings. FL - A year after the Seminoles' casino was reborn with a new complex and new name, the Tampa facility is a financial success for the tribe. However, the economic impact for the Greater Tampa area is harder to assess. The casino complex pays no property or state taxes because it is exempt.

It isn't required to pay the hotel tax designed to help local tourism efforts, although it donates a sum as a goodwill gesture. Although the casino has almost quadrupled the number of jobs it offers, most are secondary labor positions that pay middle to low wages typical of the tourism industry. Casino jobs usually fall into the secondary labor market because they offer little pay and little long-term opportunities to build careers, said James Gerstein, a research associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, who has studied the economic impact of casinos on communities.

But it's not all good news for the casinos. Instead, a financial team lead by the Cordish Co. Dozens of felons now working at parimutuels. FL - Among those who already have jobs at the state's dog and horse tracks and jai-alai frontons are dozens of felons whose convictions include manslaughter, racketeering, battery, strong-arm robbery, cocaine trafficking, lewd assault on a minor and illegal gambling. Under Florida law, felons are not permitted to work at gambling facilities but can apply for a waiver from the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

A review of state records going back to suggests it is not very hard to gain such a waiver. Broward labor boss gets 6-year jail term for labor racketeering.

Browne to nearly six years in prison on Friday, ending the career of a smooth negotiator who was one of the county's most influential powerbrokers. The judge expressed sympathy for Devaney, imposing a sentence nearly a year shorter than the recommended term. Her lawyer, Michael Caruso, said during the trial that she became depressed during an abusive marriage, became addicted to alcohol and embezzled money from the union to pay off gambling debts. Pair preyed on gamblers.

In desperation, the unidentified borrower went to authorities for help, setting off a six-month federal and state investigation, "Operation Stingray," that led to breakup of a loan sharking and bookmaking ring. If they didn't pay, Krisa implied threats to a borrower's family, such as "letting the dogs loose," Nugent said. Gambino crime family recruiter nears trial in Miami.

FL - The Miami trial will include the testimony of several former mobsters who are cooperating with the government. It promises to complete the latest chapter in the decades-old history of South Florida's draw for the mob. The region is considered open territory for mobsters attracted by the beaches, the bars, the horse racing, the gambling and seemingly limitless ways to make an easy buck.

Bank heist suspect fingered at poker table was Hollywood man. FL - A Hollywood man was willing to bet that he got away with robbing a bank, but his luck ran out at the poker table. Investigators said Mark Cherico was arrested minutes after he robbed a Washington Mutual, shed a layer of clothes in a parking lot and headed across the street to Dania Jai-Alai for a few hands of poker Saturday. Tampa man linked to crime family. FL - TAMPA - In a case that recalled Tampa's underworld past, federal authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of six men accused in a conspiracy involving murder, robbery, extortion and the Gambino crime family.

The six men listed in the charges include the grandson of a Tampa man once convicted of involvement in the city's illegal gambling rackets. The conspiracy involved a broad range of criminal acts, including armed robbery of individuals and businesses, armed home invasions, drug trafficking, extortion and the collection of unlawful gambling debts, the indictment said. Suit claims invalid signatures tainted Fla. After trailing by narrow margins for two days, the "yes" votes suddenly vaulted to a 93,vote victory on Nov.

Most of the 93,vote margin is attributed to a reported undercount of absentee ballots in Broward County. Of 78, absentees, 74, reportedly favored the initiative. Among the suit's claims: The names of 33 dead people were included in documents submitted to place the issue before the voters.

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