If you go
• What: “Until They All Have a Home” Monte Carlo night
• When: 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, games start at 7:30 p.m.
• Where: Stars and Strikes, 133 Merchant Square
• Cost: $75 to play plus two drinks; $20 to watch; appetizers included in both prices
• Online: www.forsythpets.org
To create the upcoming new Forsyth County Humane Society fundraiser, Michele Leyland combined two of her passions: finding homes for animals and playing poker.
The nonprofit’s first Monte Carlo night will feature poker, auctions, roulette and other games at Stars and Strikes on Saturday night.
Money raised from tickets and auctions will go primarily toward funding the society’s low-cost spay and neuter program, said Leyland, who volunteers for the organization.
“If we could stop the overpopulation of pets in this community, we wouldn’t have a problem with homeless animals,” she said. “That is a major focus of the Humane Society: to educate people and to provide low-cost spay and neutering.”
Leyland said the event’s theme, “Until They All Have a Home,” reflects that mission, adding that it goes along well with a $1 special at the Humane Society in May to adopt cats that are older, shyer, overlooked or have special needs.
The event will raise money for the cause while offering a night of games, featuring Leyland’s favorite, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker.
Game prizes include a 40-inch HDTV, designer sunglasses and cash prizes, among others.
“Everybody’s been very generous in this community,” Leyland said. “There’s some great prizes, but it’s mostly for fun.”
For $75, people can play all the available games, eat and have two drinks. Extra chip-ups will be available in poker for $30.
Several items will also be up for both silent and live auctions, including a black leather jacket autographed by NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte, several pieces of jewelry and a restored 1951 Ford truck, donated by a Humane Society foster family.
Folks wishing to eat, watch or bid on some items can join the event for $20.