Auction items coming in for ‘Casino Night’

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is gearing up for another “Casino Night” on March 5, with a large part of the fundraising to include live and silent auctions.
And there’s been no shortage of items being turned in to organizers by local residents, Joan Allison, chair of the special events committee, said yesterday.
“We’ve had a really good response. And they’ve been coming to us,” she remarked. “I hate going to people and ask for things. I love it when they come to us.
“We’ve got wonderful things coming in,” Allison added. “I just had a call from Ruby Douglas and she’s donated a Disney picture. Her husband is making us a butcher block table.”
Meanwhile, Judy Williamson picked up a table organizers had “confiscated” from the hospital—only to discover it was an antique likely dating back to the early 20th century.
Instead of painting it, Williamson chose to restore the finish and maintain that classic look.
As well, Williamson re-upholstered some old chairs from the St. Mary’s Parish rectory, but otherwise left them in their original condition.
Allison added other auction items she knows of right now include an antique doll crib, benches, some old school desks, and a foot stool that opens up for storage.
“We’re looking at some interesting items for this event,” she enthused.
Even some of the gambling-themed decorations for the “Casino Night” were donated by the committee which just organized the annual Fort Frances ladies’ bonspiel (which had a Las Vegas theme this year).
Allison stressed if some artistic people still want to adopt items and re-decorate them in time to be auctioned off March 5, they can contact either herself (274-8484) or Foundation director Teresa Hazel (274-4803).
Anyone wishing to donate anything else suitable for auction (paintings, prints, crafts, etc.) also are encouraged pick up that phone, she added.
Allison noted while the gambling and socializing aspects of the event draws people out, the live and silent auctions really are the significant source of all the funds raised that night.
The evening, which once again promises to be loads of fun, is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. upstairs at the Memorial Sports Centre. The silent auction will take place during the evening (not beforehand like it did last year), noted Allison.
This Vegas-style evening will feature blackjack, roulette, a poker table, and wheels of chance, with gamblers using “fun money” for chances to win fabulous prizes.
Advance tickets are being sold for $25 each, which includes a $15 charitable receipt and $1,000 in “fun money.”
Hazel noted eight Gold-, Silver-, and Bronze-sponsored sponsor tables have been bought up, along with numerous individual tickets, but there’s still plenty left.
“We’re at 100 people or so right now. I’m feeling good about ticket sales,” she noted.
Tickets are available at Cousineau Brokers or by calling Hazel at 274-4803.
Gold-, Silver-, and Bronze-sponsored “gaming tables” are available for $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively.
Sponsored tables include admissions to the casino, “fun money,” and free tickets for casino prizes. The business sponsoring the table also is asked to provide volunteers if they choose to.
Staff from Casino Fantasy of Winnipeg will be on hand to train the dealers and gaming table volunteers.
“Casino Night” also will feature the “PAIR-A-DICE Payoff,” where gamblers can take a chance at winning coupons from local businesses, as well as a cash bar.
The ticket price includes a light lunch and dancing.
As well, the winners of the “Luck of the Draw” raffle—featuring a fly-in fishing trip for two to Campbell’s Cabins, a $200 gift certificate from Wal-Mart, and a pamper yourself package—also will be drawn that night.
These raffle tickets cost $5 each, which are available at The Place, 364 Store, Cousineau Brokers Inc., McTaggarts, Taggs Source for Sports, and Gagné Pharmacy, or by calling 274-4803.
Riverside Foundation for Health Care raises funds for the purchase of medical equipment at La Verendrye Hospital, Emo Health Centre, and Rainy River Health Centre.
Last year’s “Casino Night” brought in more than $20,000, and Allison noted organizers are “keeping [their] fingers crossed” that success will be matched or exceeded this time around.

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