Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

February 25, 2014

Tickets, sponsorships still available for Casino Night

Jacksonville, Fla. — The Sumter Humane Society (SHS) is readying for its eighth annual Casino Night & Silent Auction Saturday at the Rees Park Economic Development Center. The event is from 7-10 p.m.

According to the SHS, last year’s event was a great success that raised thousands of dollars in much needed funds for the organization’s feline and canine orphans, the shelter located at 108 Industrial Boulevard and various programs for animals.

Fund raising is a necessity for any nonprofit, but especially during the current economic downturn. The Sumter Humane Society, which does receive some funding from City and County governments, still relies on private donations and grants in order to deal with the over 900 animals it houses each year at the shelter. When funds are depleted, animals must be euthanized. While adoption is the goal, when the money is gone, the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens can no longer be cared for.

Rob Brown, treasurer and board member, said, “Everyone at Sumter Humane Society is humbled by the outpouring of support we continue to receive from the community. Our quest to save lives and end suffering of abandoned and unwanted companion animals would not be possible without the financial support of our generous citizens.”

Tickets to Casino Night are still available at $40 each/advance, $50/door and 10 tickets for $35.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, according to Brown.

High Roller  ($1,000) gets 12 tickets and recognition; Jackpot ($2,500) gets eight tickets and recognition; Royal Flush ($1,000) gets six tickets and recognition; Four of a Kind ($500) gets four tickets to the event and recognition; Flush $100) gets recognition; Deuces Wild (less than $100) gets recognition; Three of Kind (in-kind donations of goods of service valued at over $300) gets recognition; and Two of Kind (in-kind donations of goods of service valued at under $300) gets recognition.

Tickets are available from SHS board members, Whispering Pines Animal Hospital, Americus Veterinary Hospital, Sumter Humane Society, and Forsyth Bar & Grill. Entertainment is Casino-style, meaning roulette, craps, slot machines, black jack tables, all with "play money.  Whoever ends up with the most money at the end of the night wins "bragging rights" for the whole next year, Brown said.

There is also a silent auction of many desirable items, a raffle drawing for 200 gallons of gasoline and drawings for door prizes.

A dinner buffet is catered by Forsyth Bar & Grill, and a cash bar will also be available.


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