Rotary Club to host fundraising casino

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The Rotary Club of Airdrie will be hosting its second annual Casino for a Cause Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre, giving participants the opportunity to enjoy an evening of fun and games while raising money to support various local groups and organizations.

“There are plenty of groups in Airdrie that rely on charitable donations to keep operating, so this is a chance for us to help accomplish some of those things,” said Rotary Club member Len Brossart, chairperson for the casino event. “That’s what Rotary is all about – giving back however we can.”

The evening will feature professional dealers working a range of familiar games, including blackjack, poker, roulette and craps, Brossart said. He added each ticket provides an individual with $50,000 worth of play money to participate in the games.

Appetizers will be served throughout the evening, and casino-goers can take a break from the action by enjoying drinks at the bar or some live music. At the end of the night, guests will have a chance to bid on a variety of items at a live auction.

“We also have a couple of special raffles, including a raffle where someone can win 40 bottles of wine donated by our Rotary Club members, and a balloon auction where people get numbers inside their balloons, and at the end of the night, we’ll draw 10 numbers and they’ll all win other prizes,” Brossart said.

The club hosted the event for the first time in 2017, and according to Brossart, it was very well-received. About 140 people attended last year, he said, and the interest helped the club make the decision to continue hosting the event on an annual basis. Currently, the club hosts four fundraising events each year, including the casino, a lobster boil, a golf tournament and a “Dragon’s Den” event.

“We donate our time to put on these events and make sure that organizations that are in need of financial help receive the support they need,” Brossart said. “We raise money to help the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club, Citizens on Patrol, Volunteer Airdrie, Stephen’s Backpacks, the Airdrie Food Bank, Torchlight Theatre and more.”

According to Brossart, the Rotary Club doesn’t just help out locally – last year, several members of the Airdrie chapter traveled to El Salvador to help build houses there for people in need. The organization is known around the world, he said, for its goal of providing assistance wherever it can.

“We don’t need any volunteers, we’ve got that all covered – we just need people to buy tickets,” Brossart said.

Tickets are $45 each, and can be purchased from any Rotary Club member or at Watches ‘N’ More in Airdrie.

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