For eight years running, the American Red Cross has hosted a successful fundraiser in Wayne County to raise money for disaster relief. The Vegas Night event was held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Palmyra Moose Lodge and featured a Mardi Gras-themed night of table games, live and silent auctions, raffles, and door prizes.
Building on the Mardi Gras theme, for this year’s signature fundraiser, participants were encouraged to dress the part.
“It was fun to try a new theme this year and people really got into the Mardi Gras atmosphere,” said James Love, Wayne County Red Cross Executive Director. “Between the beads and the masks, along with the great hats one of our volunteers crafted, it felt like we were in the Big Easy even though there was a lot of snow outside!"
Last year, Vegas Night hosted 300 people and raised more than $27,000 toward Red Cross disaster relief. This year’s event brought in $29,000.
Throughout the evening, people played the various table games, including Texas hold’em, blackjack, over/under, and beat the dealer; participated in raffles, and bid on silent auction items.
“The money raised each year through Vegas Night is critical to our disaster relief operations throughout the region and on a national scale,” said Love. “We are grateful to the community for continuing to support our cause for eight years running.”
The event was hosted by News 10 NBC reporter Amanda Ciavarri, who was crowned “Queen of Mardi Gras” at the end of the evening. Local companies sponsoring Vegas Night this year included Constellation Energy, Berry Plastics, the Walworth Lions Club, Palmyra Moose Lodge, 1420 Wack AM, and Big Dog Country 103.5 FM.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.