“Hearts for Hemophilia” – Casino Night 2009
Saturday January 10, 2009
Museum of Natural Sciences
Casino Night at the Museum!
Hemophilia of North Carolina (NHC) hosted our second annual “Hearts for Hemophilia” Casino Night event on Saturday, January 10th at the ever impressive Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.
It was a great night where guests were greeted with $10,000 in ‘funny money’ play chips to test their luck at the tables, delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar of beer and wine. Our menu for the evening included a delicious fare of glazed pork tenderloin, a mashed potato bar, almond chicken and a Middle Eastern dipping station. For dessert, we were treated to Bananas Foster (which was brought back by popular demand) and petit confections.
Throughout the evening, we were entertained by a fabulous quintet from the UNC-CH Jazz Band!
As with our first event, we had the whole first floor of the museum to ourselves where guests were able to dine amongst the exhibits in the North Carolina Natural Treasures area and then move on to the two story high Coastal Carolina section for an exciting night of gaming at the blackjack, roulette, craps and poker tables.
The dealers were terrific and happy to help those of us who needed some instruction at any of the seven tables that were offered. By the end of play, we had lots of winners who exchanged their chips for raffle tickets and a chance to win some great prizes that included gift certificates, overnight hotel stays, gift baskets, wine and much more! We then announced the winner of our 52 Pick Up 50/50.
Mr. Terry Lamb, our professional auctioneer for the evening, then took over the microphone for another exciting live auction event. We had a full slate of items to auction including sports memorabilia, a week's stay at High Rock Lake, a 1913 Rooster 20 Franc gold coin, an overnight stay and spa treatment at The Umstead Hotel & Spa and collector's edition model cars.
The night concluded with thanks to our sponsors and guests. Each attendee received a chocolate favor in the design of a playing card as a thank you for being our guest and participating in this great event that raised over $20,000 for Hemophilia of North Carolina! The proceeds from the event will help to provide crucial support for individuals and families affected by a bleeding disorder. Specifically, support will include the need for emergency financial assistance, transportation costs for treatment and continued health education.
We are especially grateful to the many individuals, organizations and companies for their generous support of our event:
Casino Night Sponsors
King of Hearts
Queen of Hearts
Jack of Hearts
Casino Table Sponsors
Guest Table Sponsor
Monroe and Jean Poplin
Donna and David Compton
Raffle Item Donors
Trader Joe's - Cary, NC
Massage Envy - Cary, NC
Hilton Garden Inn - RDU Airport
Auction Services Donated By
Mr. Terry Lamb - Lynchburg, VA
Services Provided By
Casino Party Aces - Raleigh, NC
Catering Works - Raleigh, NC
Chocolate Smiles - Cary, NC
UNC Jazz Band Quintet