Annual Casino Night At The Races Returns

Posted: February 26, 2014

The Rotary Club of Broadway-Timberville uses funds raised by the annual Casino Night at the Races to fund projects benefiting local groups. (Photo by Courtesy Photo)

Feeling lucky? On March 1, The Rotary Club of Broadway-Timberville will host its eighth annual Casino Night at the Races from 5-10 p.m. at the Plains District Community Center in Timberville.

According to club president Eddie Long, the fundraiser is generally well-received and serves as the club’s “signature event.”

“All the Rotary members are usually involved in various work details throughout the night, whether it’s selling tickets, taking horse-racing bets or working in the kitchen,” Long explained.

“I think everyone always has a really good time.”

Using “pretend” money, Long says guests can spend the evening betting on pre-recorded horse races and hitting up the tables for a game of Blackjack or poker. At the end of the night, the pretend money can be exchanged for raffle tickets to win the very real $1,000 grand prize.

“For every $10 of ‘funny money’ you put in, you get another chance at the $1, 000,” Long explained.

Various door prizes, all donated from local businesses, will also be awarded throughout the evening. Past prizes have included artwork, wine, free tuxedo rentals and complimentary car detailing.

“We have a tremendous amount of door prizes; you stand a good chance of coming away with something,” said Long, adding that the club is “very thankful” for all the support it receives from area businesses.

Fellow Rotarian Alan Shelton, the event chair, says even those who don’t win prizes can still count on enjoying a good dinner. This year, the club will be serving barbecue chicken and beef, along with various sides and dessert, as well as beer and wine.

To add to the atmosphere, the room will be decorated in a casino motif.

“We definitely decorate; we try to make it look like it’s a night at the races,” Shelton remarked.

Shelton recalls last year’s event as being a great success, as it raised more than $7,000 for the club.

“I hope to repeat that this year; that was a pretty good casino night,” he recalled.

Shelton says the funds raised support the club’s various charitable causes.

“One of the projects we have been continuously supporting is the library in Broadway. … We truly believe in getting kids interested and excited about reading,” he remarked.

Another aim is improving the condition of Springbrook Road in Broadway.

“It had fallen out of disrepair and we took it on as a project,” Shelton explained. “That’s the sort of thing Rotary does.”

Tickets cost $40 per person; price includes dinner and drinks. Available at the door or by calling 896-7750.

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