3rd annual ‘Casino Night’ set for Saturday
by Ron Harris
Feb 23, 2014 | 1780 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Like to gamble without the risk of losing your money?

Like to help out a worthy cause while having a lot of fun?

You can do both next weekend at The Hope Clinic’s Third Annual Casino Night fundraiser.

The event, which is designed to give residents of the county something a little different as far as entertainment while helping a worthwhile charity, is set for Saturday night at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and each ticketholder can enjoy a buffet dinner, beverages, $500 in ‘play’ money for games and the chance to win prizes valued at between $500 and $3,000.

The event is operated by a Birmingham-based company that has run casino-style fundraisers for more than 25 years. Games will include slot machines, three-card poker, craps tables, roulette tables, bingo, black jack, poker and Texas hold ‘em tables.

“The people running the games are very professional and they’re super nice,” said Tim Hodge, the clinic’s executive director. “They are not worried about make a profit. They know the people are there to have fun.”

There will also be a silent auction, with a variety of items availble to bid on.

The ‘Casino Night’ benefit has quickly become Hope Clinic’s largest fundraiser, raising more than $20,000 in its first year that goes to help the clinic provide medical care for those in the county who don’t have health insurance.

More than 300 people attended the inaugural event two years ago, and organizers are hoping for a larger crowd this year.

“I think once people understood exactly what we were doing and that they weren’t gambling their money, and that it all goes to charity they started enjoying it,” said Tim Hodge, the clinic’s executive director. “I’ve had people say to me that they didn’t want to go to the real casinos and play the games and lose a bunch of money, but when you’re using ‘play’ money, it’s all of a sudden fun to do.”

Local restaurants and businesses that have helped make the event possible include Black Rock Bistro, Chik-fil-A, Dreamland BBQ, Full Moon BBQ, Green Top BBQ, Jim ‘n Nick’s Barbecue, Highlands on 4th, Johnny Brusco’s, KFC, Lee’s Chicken, Cabo San Lucas, Los Reyes, Sam’s Smokehouse, Coca-Cola, Milo’s Tea and Birmingham Budweiser.

Hope Clinic opened in 2006 and has provided more than $12 million in free healthcare services to the uninsured of Walker County.

Hope Clinic is a non-profit medical clinic for individuals who do not have health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid and live in Walker County.

The clinic is able to provide medical care, doctor's visits, and non-narcotic prescription drugs for needy individuals through the kindness of local medical community and volunteers.

Hope Clinic is funded through donations, grants and other fund-raising efforts. “There have been many lives saved in Walker County because of Hope Clinic,” said Don Goetz, president of the clinic. “The funds raised at Casino Night will go a long way in helping us continue to provide care to the people in our community who need it the most.”

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. For more information, you can call the clinic at 205-302-0011.