Hope Clinic to host casino night
by James Phillips
Mar 11, 2012 | 2605 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For one night only, gambling will not only be legal in Jasper, it will be encouraged.

Hope Clinic is holding its largest fundraiser to date Saturday with its Casino Night. Despite featuring slot machines, card games and roulette tables, the chairman of the group’s board of directors says there will actually be no gambling at all.

“It’s all play money,” Don Goetz said.

Goetz said there are 400 tickets available for the event. Attendants will purchase a ticket for $50 and exchange that ticket for $500 in play chips. At the end of the night, participants can exchange $500 worth of chips for a chance to win a number of prizes. Prizes include a one-week vacation at a three-bedroom Orange Beach condo, three nights for two at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans, a $500 shopping spree from Son’s Supermarket, $1,000 in cash, a four-night cruise for two to Mexico and a reclining chair/rocker. Each of the prizes range in value from $500 to $3,000.

Goetz said the fundraiser will be operated by a Birmingham-based company that has been setting up casino-style fundraisers for charities for more than 25 years. Games will include slot machines, a money wheel, three-card poker, craps tables, roulette tables, bingo, black jack, poker and Texas hold ‘em tables.

The event will also include a buffet with food from more than 10 area restaurants. Two drink tickets will be given with each person’s admission ticket. Drinks will include beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Goetz said additional drink tickets will be available for purchase.

Casino Night will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper. Tickets can be purchased by sending checks to The Hope Clinic/Casino Night, 1600 South 5th Avenue, Jasper, AL, 35501. Tickets will also be available at the door, but there is a limit of 400.

Hope Clinic opened in 2006 and has provided more than $10 million in services to the uninsured of Walker County.

“There have been many lives saved in Walker County because of Hope Clinic,” Goetz said. “This fundraiser is something that will go a long way in helping us to continue to provide care to the people who need it the most.”

For more information about Casino Night or Hope Clinic, call 205-302-0011.