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Last call for Casino Night tickets, the Gatsby-themed fundraiser for Youth Impact

By Deann Armes - | Sep 30, 2021

Photo supplied, Ashlee Bostwick

Attendees at the 2019 Casino Night at 5th Floor venue. This year's fundraiser for Youth Impact is at The Monarch on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

Next Friday, Oct. 8, guests will walk into the Royal Room at The Monarch head to toe in Gatsby-inspired cocktail attire for the popular Youth Impact fundraiser.

Participants are provided with $1,000 in tokens to play at any table of choice — blackjack, poker, roulette — for an opportunity drawing and a chance to win prizes.

Brenda Gerena, Youth Impact volunteer and founder/organizer of the annual benefit, says some of the auction items and prizes this year include unique baskets, Raiders tickets, photo booth, Raptors season passes and a Lake Powell trip.

For those who just want to socialize, there will be plenty of room for lounging and mingling since The Monarch is a significantly larger venue than they’ve had in years past, Gerena said. A cash bar with adult beverages, and food served by the kids of Youth Impact, will be offered throughout the night.

Casino Night was an instant hit with the community when it started in 2017, raising over $25,000 for Youth Impact and attracting more event sponsors and attendees every year. This year, Gerena graciously accepted over 78 sponsors, and tickets are already almost sold out.

Photo supplied, Ashlee Bostwick

The packed Gatsby-themed Casino Night fundraiser in 2019 at 5th Floor venue.

The money raised for Youth Impact this year will be used to remodel their commercial kitchen. “It is currently a hodgepodge of donated and broken equipment and it has needed serious love for years,” Gerena said. “Besides feeding the kids daily, the kids have shown interest in learning how to cook, but the space is not conducive to a good working environment, so we have to change that.”

To reserve tickets, visit youthimpact.org or the event page: facebook.com/events/732553890538492


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