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Monte Carlo Night dealing up fun for a good cause in Cumming
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SOUTH FORSYTH -- This weekend, Forsyth County residents will have a chance to play casino-style games for a good cause.

On Saturday from 7-1 p.m., the Rotary Club of South Forsyth will host its 23rd annual Monte Carlo Night at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

“Monte Carlo Night is South Forsyth Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year,” said Peter Carpenter, co-chair of the event. “It’s a bid event that draws in about 400 people from around the county to have a night of enjoyment playing casino games, looking at auction items and socializing and having some great food.”

Though the real Monte Carlo is in Monaco, the event this year will feel more like The Bahamas.

“Each year we take on a different theme,” Carpenter said, “and this year’s theme is ‘Cruisin’ to the Islands.’ So, taking on a Caribbean theme, we will have a steel-drum band in the lobby as guests arrive, then we have a DJ on the inside who will be playing all sorts of music that relates to the islands.”

Carpenter said all proceeds go to supporting local nonprofits and the chips from winners of the casino-style games will be used to determine percentages given to non-profit organizations that work toward “the focuses of rotary”; providing clean water, promoting peace, saving mothers and children, fighting disease, helping education and growing local economies.

“What we do is ask people to take their winnings or their chips and deposit it in one of those categories,” he said. “Then, based on the percentage of chips in there, we will allot that percentage of the funds we raise to an appropriate nonprofit that demonstrates that quality.

“We’re giving each guest some fun money to partake at the table, and hopefully they grow their winnings and put it towards one of those focuses.”

For those not interested in casino games, there will be other activities that allow attendees to give to good causes.

“We have a wine ring toss game, so for $20 they can throw the rings and they’re guaranteed to take home a bottle of wine,” Carpenter said. “We also have a prize ball game, so we have a large ball of plastic wrap and wrapped-up in there are all sorts of gift cards, goodies, candy bars and different prizes.”

The event will also have both a silent auction and a live auction for items such as trips, artwork, jewelry, gift certificates to local businesses, tickets, sports memorabilia and special made items like a wooden child’s bow and arrow set constructed by one member, are up for auction.

Photo booths, island drinks and food from Chef Kern’s will also be available.

Tickets can be purchased from any South Forsyth Rotary member or at RotaryMonteCarloNight.com.