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Submitted by Linda Brooks – The Rotary Club of North Raleigh hosted it’s inaugural Casino Night fundraiser. Games of chance, a silent auction, and an Elvis impersonator all added to the fun on March 28 when the Rotary Club of North Raleigh held its first charity casino night at the University Club of North Carolina State University.

“Guest feedback indicated a great evening was had by all” said Casino Night Chairman Scott Tarkenton, who sported a sequined bowtie at the event. “One hundred and forty-three guests attended, exceeding expectations.” Tarkenton said fund raising at casino night also exceeded expectations and topped earlier fundraisers held by the club. The charity event raised funds for various Rotary projects, including scholarships for high school seniors, Triangle Literacy Council, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home and the Food Pantry.

“In addition to raising money for local charities, our casino night is a prime opportunity to show our guests what a great organization the Rotary

Club of North Raleigh is,” he said. Rotary Club President Jay Williams said the night was a success on many levels. “We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the food, fellowship, silent auction, and, of course, the gaming tables,” he said. “I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Other committee members who worked to make this a success were Ed Smallwood, Nina O’Neal, Mike Wienold, Chris Morden, and Adam Gottsegen. Event volunteers were Dee Dee Heard and Ryan Kane.

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