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Monte Carlo fundraiser on March 8

POSTED: March 4, 2014 12:03 a.m.
 

SOUTH FORSYTH — Cards, dice and dealers will come together to raise funds for the community as the South Forsyth Rotary Club presents its annual Monte Carlo Night.

Now in its 21st year, the fundraiser has become one of the most well-known events in the county. This year, club members are expecting at least 350 guests to enjoy an evening of fun and games.

Festivities begin at 7 p.m. March 8 in the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Jannie Barrett, one of the club’s charter members, said the group organized the first Monte Carlo Night as a unique fundraiser.

“We were looking for something that would be a little different,” she said. “And from the very first one, it’s been a big success.

“It just continues to grow and grow every year.”

She said moving the event to the conference center a few years ago has helped a lot.

“We just have plenty of room for all of our silent auction items to be on display and for more people to be able to attend.”

During the event, which costs $75 per person, guests can play a range of casino games such as blackjack, craps and poker. But Barrett said the evening is fun even for those who aren’t high rollers. 

“There’s really something for everyone because we have the silent auction and door prizes, and there’s a band for dancing and great food and all that,” she said.

Tickets can be purchased through the event’s website, www.rotarymontecarolonight.com, or from any club member.

Barrett said the club is also still looking for sponsors.

“That’s a great way to be recognized and get a few tickets,” she said.

Monte Carlo Night is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going to help with various charitable causes and projects.

“Since the beginning, we’ve always been focused on youth,” said Barrett, noting that the club has previously helped with efforts such as the Bald Ridge Lodge and Jesse’s House.

This year, she said, some of the proceeds likely will go to scholarships for GED recipients.

“Most kids who graduate from normal high schools are able to get help for college through different programs like HOPE,” she said. “But GED graduates have to be enrolled in classes for a while before they’re able to qualify for any assistance, so we started a scholarship to help them get started in college.”

Barrett said she and her family have attended Monte Carlo Night every year it has been held.

“It’s just a really fun night and if anyone hasn’t been before, they should come and enjoy everything while raising money for some great causes,” she said.

 

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