Olentangy Valley News

Jan. 26 Casino Night to benefit district

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Place your bets and roll the dice to benefit Olentangy schools this month.

The fifth annual Spirit of Olentangy Casino Night, presented by the Olentangy Education Foundation, will raise funds to support teachers and send students to college.

The event is set from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, 10651 Sawmill Road in Powell.

It will feature casino-style games, live music, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and door prizes.

All parents, community members and district employees are invited.

Event chairwoman Kim Hollingshead said Casino Night makes for a fun evening and a good chance to mingle.

"We have a lot of fun, and it's a great way to meet teachers and administrators for your schools," Hollingshead said.

Proceeds benefit students and staff. Each year, the foundation awards $1,500 scholarships to two graduating seniors from each high school.

It also awards special grants to teachers to fund educational initiatives. Teachers have used the grants to purchase technology for their classrooms and to fund educational workshops.

Since 2000, the foundation has raised more than $400,000 for grants and scholarships.

Games at the event will include slot machines, roulette, craps and blackjack. Guests who are feeling lucky can play at the "high rollers" table.

Each ticket allows gamblers to play games all night.

The event will include door-prize drawings, and guests can turn in their chip winnings at the end of the night for a chance to win more prizes.

Attendees can enjoy live music from the Columbus Horns, which will play upbeat cover songs.

Items up for bid in a silent auction will include gift cards to local businesses, gift baskets, jewelry, school spirit wear, and the most coveted prize: front-row tickets to Olentangy graduation ceremonies.

More than 400 residents are expected to attend.

Tickets are $50. Register at the door or visit olentangyeducationfoundation.org to register in advance.

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