The Muirfield Civic Association will try its hand at a casino-style fundraiser in mid-April as it hosts Black and Tan Vegas Night.

The Muirfield Civic Association will try its hand at a casino-style fundraiser in mid-April as it hosts Black and Tan Vegas Night.

The event slated for 7 p.m. April 16 raised $25,000 last year for the Dublin charity, Welcome Warehouse, and organizers hope to outperform previous efforts.

"We're expecting no less than $25,000 for Welcome Warehouse," event co-chair Megan Harte said. "Our goal is $30,000. Our corporate sponsorship has increased this year; attendance has increased; our number of volunteers has increased. The community has really gotten behind this event."

This year's Black and Tan will move indoors to the Country Club at Muirfield Village to accommodate the expected crowd.

"In the last three years, it has been at the golf club, and last year we got so big as far as attendance that we had it at the pavilion outside," Harte said. "It was beautiful, but they were not able to accommodate for the weather. It was freezing. This year we want to grow, but it's most important for us to make it comfortable for people."

About 250 people attended last year's Black and Tan, Harte said, and organizers expect to sell out at 300.

Last year's large donation from the Black and Tan was a major source of funding for the faith-based, nonprofit, Welcome Warehouse, which works to help Dublin families temporarily in need.

Tammy Dickey, Welcome Warehouse executive director, said many donations to the group are in-kind donations, such as gently use clothing and housewares or space for a store inside Indian Run Methodist Church.

"We also have financial support, foundation support and some small grants," she said. "We have support from local churches and local businesses."

Money from the Black and Tan will be used to fund the group and such programs as the emergency household fund.

"We use a good portion of our funding for that," Dickey said, adding that it provides assistance for such temporary emergencies as a utility payment or eyeglasses for a child. "It's one time for families to meet a temporary need. Sometimes people are just waiting for their unemployment checks and they need money now."

According to Harte, the Muirfield Village Civic Association that organizes the Black and Tan chooses a charity to benefit for two years.

"All of our kids are in the Dublin school system, and it helps all of our kids if we help the kids who are going through troubled times, who don't have a backpack, shoes or a coat," she said. "If we help other families in Dublin when they are troubled, everybody benefits."

Beer and wine are included with the tickets, as are casino games.

"It's going to be a ball," Harte said. "When you walk in, you'll think you're in Vegas."

In addition to casino games, Harte said, a ring toss for wine, miniature golf for three rounds at the golf club and a bubbles-and-bling raffle will be on tap. An Elvis impersonator and silent auction also will be included in the festivities.

Tickets to the Black and Tan Vegas Night are $95 and include $25,000 in casino game chips. To purchase tickets, call Jennifer Elliott at (614) 738-2760. For more information, visit or