SEMINOLE – When the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake hosted its first Casino Night in 2017, its members knew they had a hit on their hands. The group raised more than $4,400 to support its programming working with local students and families.
The following year, the club was forced to cancel plans for the casino fundraiser when they realized the date conflicted with its annual black tie gala and auction at the Belleair Country Club in November.
The Rotarians realized the fundraising potential of the event, though, and decided to revive Casino Night in 2019. The fundraiser will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 to 10 p.m., at Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd.
Each $50 ticket to the event entitles the attendee to $300 of “fun” money, which can be used to play any of the casino games set up at the fundraiser. Games include roulette, slot machines, craps, blackjack, two-card poker, Pai Gow and Lit It Ride.
“Fun” money winnings at the end of the evening can be used to win prizes. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages are included in the ticket price.
“It’s a really fun event,” said Ginger Hayes, Rotary president.
The fundraiser is open to the public, she added.
“We’re doing this event to raise money to help the community,” she said. “So we want to invite the people that we service to see if they’d be interested in participating. We’re doing all this for them and we’d like to involve them, and besides, it’s fun for everyone.”
The Rotary Club of Seminole hosts three major fundraisers a year, Hayes said. The third of these events, in addition to Casino Night and the black tie auction, is the club’s annual golf tournament, which takes place every spring at Seminole Lake Country Club.
The club does a variety of community outreach, particularly with students. They honor Students of the Month at Seminole Elementary School and Orange Grove Elementary School on a month basis. The club also provides back-to-school supplies for families in need, helps fund the playground at the Seminole Recreation Center, participates in the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s end-of-the-school-year bash Kids’ Day, supports the Interfaith Food Pantry and provides gifts to families in need during the holiday season.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Seminole and their upcoming Casino Night event, visit www.seminolerotary.org.