VFW ‘casino’ event to raise money for military veterans

Sara Van Cleve

Residents can have a night at a “casino” and support a good cause for just $20 Saturday, March 30.

American Military Families is hosting its fourth annual Casino Night from 6-1 p.m. March 30, at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4171, 15625 W. 10th Ave., in Golden.

Casino Night is a fundraiser for American Military Family’s combat veterans emergency assistance program, which provides funds to military members and veterans’ families when an emergency comes up and they can’t afford to address it, such as a car breaking down or rent being due.

“It’s for when there is more month than money,” said event organizer and AMF Gold Star Mom Michelle Benavidez of Arvada.

Tickets to the event are $20, which provides attendees with $200 of “funny money” to participate in gambling. Attendees don’t use actual money to gamble, but instead fake money to play poker, craps, roulette, blackjack and more.

“You can learn something you don’t usually try,” Benavidez said. “Since it’s not real gambling, the dealers will take the time to teach you how to shoot craps or whatever game you’d like to learn.”

Attendees can also buy more fake money to gamble with — $5 for $50 in fake money, $10 for $100 and $20 for $250.

Because the event consists of gambling not using real money, the event is open to people 16 and older.

The night will also feature light hors d’oeuvres, auctions, karaoke, music, dancing and cocktails for sale from the VFW.

Raffles and door prizes, such as gift cards and gift baskets, will also be given out. Raffle tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six.

“It really is a fun event,” Benavidez said. “Everybody has a blast.”

The money raised is donated to AMF and used to help military members, veterans and their families.

The event has raised between $4,000 to $5,000 over the past three years.

Tickets can be bought online at www.AMF100.org or can be purchased at the door.

Attendees who buy tickets online will receive three door prize tickets; tickets bought at the door come with one.

For more information, visit www.AMF100.org.

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