Casino Night helps local kids

Nick Vernon and Logan Snedaker have a good time at Casino Night while simultaneously helping raise funds to benefit local children. The Evanston Youth Club event has been held at least annually in the past, sometimes twice a year, but last year’s schedule of events fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. (COURTESY PHOTO)

EVANSTON — After a very long wait, the Evanston Youth Club was finally able to hold its annual Casino Night fundraiser on Friday, April 16. The event, which is typically held in November, had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth club executive director Holly Slade-West said the event was a great success, with nearly 200 tickets sold — a record — although some people purchased tickets just to support the club and not all ticket holders attended.

“It was wonderful to be able to successfully and safely hold Casino Night,” said Slade-West. “Originally, this event was scheduled for November 2020; however, like most events last year, it was canceled due to COVID.”

“The pandemic was especially difficult for our nonprofit,” she continued. “All of our fundraising events were canceled and donations and contributions drastically decreased. Additionally, more youth needed our programs more than ever through the pandemic.”

Slade-West said the fundraiser was successful, with just over $12,000 raised to support youth programs and the youth club’s expansion project. “The Evanston Youth Club is appreciative of the community support we received and for the volunteer dealers, raffle prize donors, sponsors and ticket buyers,” she said.

The next event for the club is the annual fund-raising and awards dinner, scheduled for May 7, which is also slated to be the groundbreaking event for the on-site expansion project. Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person. For more information on those events, or to purchase tickets to the dinner, visit



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