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Monte Carlo night to return
Rotary event will benefit programs for children
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Forsyth County News
The 16th annual Rotary Club of South Forsyth Monte Carlo Night is set for 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Polo Golf and Country Club (click for map).  Tickets for the event are $75 and can be purchased at the door or by calling John Derucki at (678) 947-8505 Ext. 223, or
Tracy Moon and John Derucki are not much for gambling. But this year, both Rotarians are betting the club’s 16th annual Monte Carlo Night on March 14 will bank as much or more than last year’s fundraiser.

Moon, president of the South Forsyth Rotary Club, said he originally expected less interest this year due to the economic slowdown.

“But we were happy to find that there’s a commitment to charity-related activities in the community,” he said. “A lot of people are not going out as frequently and, as a consequence, they are picky and choosy with what they do with their money.

“This is a good investment that’s not only a good time and good food and friends, it also goes to a good cause.”

The event raised $50,000 last year, said Derucki, event chairman.

All money raised goes toward programs benefiting county children, including the Bald Ridge Lodge, Ferst Foundation and Forsyth County Miracle League.

“I think that the community is going to step up,” Derucki said. “It really goes for a great cause. You can’t pick something better than the kids of Forsyth County to raise money for.”

The event, held at the Polo Golf and Country Club, will feature casino games, food, drinks, music and a silent auction.

Derucki, the self-proclaimed “worst gambler in the world,” said he steers clear of the gaming tables, but is a big fan of the silent auction.
There will be some minor tweaks to the event, but Derucki said the evening will keep the same setup as years past.

“We’ve been so successful with the way we’ve done gaming in the past, we’re going to keep rolling with the same program,” he said. “When it’s good, it’s good.”

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