Casino Night raises $7,500 to put toward new youth club building

Community members play craps during the Evanston Youth Club’s Casino Night, held Friday, Nov. 12, at the club’s facility on 6th Street in Evanston. The event raised $7,500, which CEO Holly Slade-West said will go toward the new building that’s being constructed for the club. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

EVANSTON — The Evanston Youth Club for Boys and Girls held its annual fundraising event, Casino Night, on Friday, Nov. 12, for four hours of fun and faux gambling. According to CEO Holly Slade-West, the evening proved to be very successful.

“We sold 150 tickets, and some people even gave extra donations upon arriving,” Slade-West said. “We ended up with $7,500 in profit, which will go towards the new building.”

The evening’s offerings included 17 gambling tables, a no-host bar provided by Border Beverage, a table full of delicious food and a dessert table. With the purchase of the entry ticket, guests received the meal and extras, 200 poker chips and a free drink. Guests could choose to play blackjack, poker, craps or roulette, and every table was soon surrounded by people excited to try their luck to win more chips. Dealers at the tables were volunteers from the Evanston Youth Club Board of Directors and other friends of the youth club.

At the end of the evening, winners turned in their poker chips for raffle tickets for many donated gifts. Donated items included a basket filled with items from Ivory and Iron; a large TV donated Rick and Wendy Schuler, a complete set of outdoor cookware from Sportsworld, essential tools from Kallas Napa Auto Parts, a cooler filled with coffee and other items from Jesse and Jean Lind and Brad and Julie Bateman, a golf package from Purple Sage Golf Course and a night on the town from Main St. Deli and Aspen Cinemas.

Sponsors for the event, which helped to pay for the casino vendor and food include 19 Hole Tools, B Property Group, Trona Valley Credit Union and AutoFarm Castle Rock.

“The people of Evanston are so supportive, and we thank them and our sponsors for all that they do to help the youth club,” Slade-West said. “We are so grateful and excited to be making progress on our new building.”

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