Mohegan Sun Casino is celebrating its 15th anniversary this weekend, and bringing in a host of celebrities to join the fun.
What began as a single casino in 1996 has grown into three gaming floors, a hotel, a mall, a 10,000-seat arena and a row of restaurants run by some top celebrity chefs.
Mohegan kicks off the festivities Friday with a dinner honoring TV Host Regis Philbin. The private event is billed as a farewell tribute for Philbin, who is leaving the show he has hosted for more than two decades.
Soap opera star Susan Lucci will talk with fans and sign copies of her new book All My Life: A Memoir in the Shops at Mohegan Sun. The signing is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Friday will also include two events featuring MTV "Jersey Shore" cast members Ronnie Ortiz-Magra, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola and Deena Cortese. The first is a question and answer session and autograph signing by the trio in shopping concourse. The casino is expecting such a big turnout, it has made the 7 p.m. event a first-come, first-served gathering. Bracelets will be handed out beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
Ronnie, Sammi and Deena will then make their way to the Ultra 88 Nightclub, for a little fist-pumping, Jersey style. What should add to the drama is the recent news that Ronnie and Sammi are splitsville once again.
If all that wasn't enough for a Friday, folk music legend Stephen Stills, of Crosby, Stills & Nash will play a free show at the casino's Wolf Den.
Day two of the anniversary celebration includes signings with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, and Buddy Valastro of the hit show "Cake Boss". There's also an 8 p.m. performance by country star Dierks Bentley at the Wolf Den.
It all leads up to the weekend's marquee event, a concert by international superstar Jennifer Lopez. The actress, singer, and "American Idol" judge has sold more than 55 million records worldwide.
J. Lo will hit the stage at the Mohegan Sun arena Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $85 and $125.