In Palm Beach, circa 1898, Colonel Edward Bradley opened the Beach Club, gambling casino that was the first in the nation to allow ladies at the gaming tables. It was a sprawling wooden structure in the expedient architectural style of the day. Bradley circumvented Floridaâ€™s state ban on gambling simply by not allowing any full-time state residents to become members of his club. Thousands of dollars, a few yachts, and many shares of stock changed hands nightly at the casino.
It was strictly black tie after six oâ€™clock in the evening; Palm Beachâ€™s penchant for formal dress was indelibly inked into the seasonâ€™s schedule. However, on his death, Colonel Bradley asked that the casino be torn down so that unscrupulous gamblers couldnâ€™t move in after himâ€¦and for over 60 years, the Colonelâ€™s testament remained true.
In 2007, The Paradise Fund broke the Colonelâ€™s curse. So ladies, welcome back to the tables, and gents, make sure to break out your seasonâ€™s best. On November 28, 2014, The Paradise Fund will host its Seventh Annual Paradise Casino at the home of none other than the infamous oil-tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler. Expect live music, exotic cars, exotic drinks and exquisite hour dâ€™ouerves. With even more gaming tables from blackjack to craps, the night is sure to be filled with enjoyment and style. More chips can be purchased on site at the â€œbankâ€. Guests will be allowed to trade in their winnings for many different amazing prizes. Individual tickets are $250.