Flush from the success of its second annual Casino Night fund-raiser, the Rotary Club of North Raleigh bet it would top last year’s attendance and it won that wager handily.
“Judging by increased attendance, the abundance of smiling faces and positive feedback, it’s apparent a great time was had by all,” said Casino Night chairman Scott Tarkenton, who will be the next club president.
“I look forward to becoming president of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh and hosting my club’s 3rd Annual Casino Night in April 2017,” Tarkenton said.
Held on April 9 at the North Carolina State University Club, this year’s event featured 14 gaming tables offering blackjack, craps, Texas hold ‘em and roulette. Elvis impersonator Billy “E” Thomas chatted with guests and sang popular Presley hits. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were served and a silent auction, coupled with a raffle, added to the bottom line.
All proceeds directly support Rotary charities, such as the Food Bank of North Carolina, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Triangle Literacy Council, Operation Coming Home, Stop Hunger Now, Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home, Total Life Center, scholarships for high school seniors, and the club’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2017.
Committee members were Jay Williams, Brian Propst, JJ Jolliff, Mike Wienold, Frank Bouknight and Ed Smallwood. Photographs from the evening by Gene Hirsch.