Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Casino night to start 2007 Relay effort

February 22, 2007

Not only does 2007 mark the 10th year for De Soto's Relay For Life, but also the city's 150th anniversary.Not only does 2007 mark the 10th year for De Soto's Relay For Life, but also the city's 150th anniversary.

No set plans are made to tie the two events together, but Relay For Life volunteer Rita Jones has a few ideas on how to celebrate. One possibility is making an announcement before the start of the June 1 Relay that observes the two anniversaries. Another is to have a birthday cake at the Relay.

"Our event is such a community event that there will be some way in which we will tie those two in," Jones said.

Local Relay leaders hope to raise $40,000 from De Soto's 10th Annual Relay For Life. The effort will get started early with two community fund-raising events. The first will be a "Wild, Wild West Casino Night, which will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at the De Soto VFW Post, 33724 W. 84th St. It will be followed by the De Soto Relay's second annual golf tournament, set for April 21.

These two events act as a way to bring the community together and have fun at the same time. Volunteers hope the two fund-raisers will raise at least $3,500 for the cancer-fighting cause.

"The purpose of the evening is to give people a chance to join together in a lot of fun activities to raise money for a great cause."

The casino night offers one surprise element. A sheriff will arrest random guests as a joke and other casino night attendees will have to bail them out for a small price. All the money raised will go to Relay For Life.

Casino tickets cost $25 and includes a chili supper and gambling chips, and a chance to win either two airline tickets or an HDTV. The casino night will offer all the traditional games including blackjack, poker, Texas hold 'em, roulette and craps.

Relay For Life volunteer recruitment committee leader Lori Murdock believes the fund-raising events will be an effective way to educate the people of De Soto about the importance of getting screened regularly for cancer. The casino night and golf tournament will recognize cancer survivors or people who have died from cancer.

"The fund-raisers are a good awareness of cancer and cancer education," Murdock said.

Tickets for both events can be purchased at FCB Bank, 33485 Lexington Avenue; the De Soto Chamber of Commerce office, 33150 W. 83rd St.; and Cedar Creek Pharmacy, 33490 Lexington Avenue.

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