Jim Gray is hoping for the luck of the Irish March 15.
The Scioto High School band teacher is hoping the community bets big on the music department's casino night fundraiser.
Proceeds from the event will help Irish Fiddle Fetish fund a trip to Ireland and get marching band members to a Thanksgiving parade in Philadelphia next fall.
The Scioto High School music department held its first casino night fundraiser last year and was flush.
"We wanted to do something fun, but classy," Gray said.
"It was very successful as a fundraiser."
Black Jack, Texas Hold'em and a roulette wheel will be provided by Dublin-based T.E.A.M. DJ, but there will be no actual gambling at the March 15 event in the Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center.
"It's a fundraiser," Gray said. "Tickets will get you food, a drink and chips.
"If you still have chips at the end of the night, you'll get raffle tickets."
Door prizes and silent auction items will also be up for grabs and items last year included tickets to Cedar Point and Kings Island and a backyard patio, Gray said.
"We raised about $4,000," he said.
"We were able to purchase a new sound system for the department."
This year, two trips are on the line.
The band has traveled to Disney World over the years, but Gray said another trip is being added to the lineup so each band member gets a chance to travel twice.
"The band will travel to Philadelphia for the Thanksgiving Day parade," he said, adding students will have time for sightseeing in Philadelphia and a few days in New York City will be added to the agenda.
The casino night fundraiser will also raise money for Irish Fiddle Fetish's trip to Ireland in June.
"It's one of the coolest trips," Gray said. "It's really nice to be able to do an international trip and take so many students."
About 15 students are expected to go on the week-long trip to Ireland, which will include stops in Dublin, County Cork and Kilkenny.
"We have performances at about every place we go," Gray said. "Last time we had three performances scheduled, but did eight."
Word of mouth got around and added to the performance line-up for Irish Fiddle Fetish during the last trip.
Gray said he's aiming to play everywhere the group played during the last Ireland visit.
One group even requested Irish Fiddle Fetish do a clinic with their youth.
"It's an intimidating thought to go to Ireland and do an Irish music clinic with Irish kids," Gray said.
"But the way Irish Fiddle Fetish works is I give them a melody and the creative process takes over," he said.
"They write everything else ... . It's not traditional.
"That may be what adults in Ireland want the kids to learn: You don't have to sit down and be a session player."
If the casino fundraiser draws 400 or 500 people, Gray said the trips will be more affordable for students.
"We want every student who wants to go to go," he said.
Tickets to the Luck o' the Irish Casino Night Fundraiser are $27. For more information or to purchase tickets, look online at sciotocasinonight. weebly.com.
A babysitting service is also being arranged by students for the event, which will run from 6 to 10 p.m. March 15.
For more information about the babysitting service, contact Gray at gray_jim@dublin schools.net.