Casino event raises $7,000 for hospital


first_imgHenry Mayo’s Flame of Life volunteers hosted the Casino Royale as part of their year-long efforts – including bake sales, candy sales and ad sales in the Flame of Life Journal – to raise funds for Henry Mayo’s emergency and trauma services. Toward the end of the evening, Texas Hold `em player Bob Benjamin claimed the tournament with a full house. For information about becoming a Henry Mayo Flame of Life volunteer, call Henry Mayo’s Health Foundation office at (661) 253-8082. Orith Farago handles publicity for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation. She posted this story April 25 on the Santa Clarita Valley hub on valleynews.com. It wasn’t Las Vegas, but judging from the enthusiasm of the community members attending the Henry Mayo Flame of Life volunteer’s Casino Royale on April 21, the debut event offered an evening of nonstop fun that could easily rival Nevada’s gaming destination. Throughout the evening, enthusiastic cheers resounded from players as the stakes became higher at each of the gaming tables. “It’s so fun to listen to people having such a great time,” said Linda Hafizi, chairwoman-elect for the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation board and publisher of Santa Clarita and elite magazines. “I think the volunteers who organized this event did an amazing job.” The event was hosted by volunteers with Henry Mayo’s Flame of Life at the Sports Complex in Santa Clarita from 8 p.m. until midnight. It included casino favorites such as blackjack, craps and roulette. Players used “fun bucks.” At the end of the evening, players cashed their fun bucks in for drawing tickets to win items donated by local sponsors. Attendees also had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and preregistered individuals participated in a lively Texas Hold ’em tournament. The event raised more than $7,000 net to benefit Henry Mayo’s emergency and trauma services. “I think we did very well, and I’m on cloud nine,” said Flame of Life volunteer Elaine Margulis, who planned the event with her husband, Burt, also a Flame of Life volunteer. The couple had coordinated a similar event at Congregation Beth Shalom in the Santa Clarita Valley with resounding success and sought to replicate it to benefit Henry Mayo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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