Casino Fundraiser Will Feed Children In South Brevard

By  //  May 7, 2015

benefits the Children’s Services Program

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOUNRE, FLORIDA – The ballroom of the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place will be transported into 1940’s Morocco as the “A Night in Casablanca” Casino Fundraiser takes place on May 9 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

The event, presented by Grace Church Melbourne, benefits the Children’s Services Program of the South Brevard Sharing Center, a leading community-based agency whose mission is to support, strengthen, and empower families to achieve self-sufficiency in South Brevard County, Florida.

Greg Pallone
Greg Pallone
Sheriff Wayne Ivey
Sheriff Wayne Ivey

News 13’s Greg Pallone will be emcee for the event, with a visit from Sherriff Wayne Ivey to pull the winning raffle tickets.

The Cause

Students are not only receiving free and reduced lunches, but many also take advantage of the free breakfasts offered by the school system and weekend food programs offered by partners such as “The Children’s Hunger Project.”

During the summer months these students families depend on local food pantries, like the South Brevard Sharing Center’s, to keep their children from going hungry.

“Summer is traditionally a hard time for many families who depend on the free and reduced priced school meals that their children receive during the school year,” said Keri Donald
 of the South Brevard Sharing Center

Keri Donald
Keri Donald

“In South Brevard alone, there are over 15,000 students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program – that is 55 percent of all students in the south area of Brevard.

“At the same time that this need for food is rising, donation levels typically drop during the summer. This leaves the South Brevard Sharing Center struggling to provide for the children in need in our community. The “A Night in Casablanca” fundraiser plans to raise enough funds to provide for these families while the children are out of school.

The Gaming

“A Night in Casablanca” Casino Fundraiser promises to be a fun night for all.

Gamers of all skill levels will enjoy their choice of blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker gaming tables or they can try their hands in the Main Event Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.

The Poker Tournament gives 100 players a shot at the title of “South Brevard Sharing Center’s Poker Champion” for 2015 with the “bling” to take home to prove it. At the gaming tables the professional dealers can teach you a new game or give you tips on how to increase your luck at an old favorite.

All gaming is played using “Casablanca Dollars” fun money. At the end of the evening, all gaming winnings will be turned in and converted to Gaming Raffle Tickets. The Gaming Raffle Tickets will then be redeemed for a chance at winning one of our more than $35,000 worth of prizes.

Some of the top prizes in our Gaming Raffle and our silent auction included a gift certificate to Toyota of Melbourne; a Utah Ski Vacation and a number of other adventure packages; a personal tour of Washington D.C. by Katie Posey, wife of Congressman Bill Posey; exquisite jewelry from Kempf’s Jewelers; a prize from Infinity Bike Shop; and many other exciting experiences and goodies.

Tickets & Packages

Tickets packages may be purchased at the General Event or High Roller level.

The General Event Ticket Package is $90 per person (or $75 per person if purchased by April 18th) and includes 2,500 Casablanca Dollars for gaming, a Gaming Raffle Ticket, and access to the silent auction.

The High Roller Package is $500 for a couple and includes:

• 50,000 Casablanca Dollars, two Gaming Raffle Tickets,
• High Roller Raffle Ticket redeemable for a valuable prize only available to High Rollers,
• Complimentary seat in the $100 Main Event Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament,
• Admission to the High Roller Pre-Event Reception with a delicious dinner spread at 5 p.m. on the day of the event,
• Early access to the silent auction with an option to buy-it-now,
• A professional portrait done by Ina Pandora Photography,
• Exclusive discount on a room at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place on the night of the event,
• Visit to our pre-event “Casablanca Salon” to have a professional style your hair and makeup before the event,
• Exclusive “High Roller” Gift Bag.

SCD_SBSC_Ad–2015-580High Roller who purchase tickets by April 18 will be entered in a drawing to play “Deal or No Deal” during event intermission for a chance at valuable additional Gaming Raffle Tickets. Seats in the Poker Tournament may be purchased for $100 as an add-on to the General Event Ticket or for an additional High Roller poker player.

Everyone who attends will be able to partake in our Decadent Dessert Bar featuring desserts from local favorites such as Yellow Dog Café, Matt’s Casbah, Cakes So Simple and Graffiti Zoo. High Rollers will receive complimentary drinks all night and access to the High Roller lounge, while general admission guests will enjoy a choice of themed 1940’s cocktails, beer, wine and soda from the cash bar.

The largest prize of the evening will be the $10,000 Cash Raffle grand prize. Purchase a $100 Cash Raffle Ticket for a 1 in 300 shot at winning $10,000. No more than 300 of these tickets will be sold.

The winning Cash Raffle ticket will be drawn following the Gaming Raffle Prizes at the end of the evening.

Cash Raffle Tickets are currently available and you are not required to be present to win. All proceeds will benefit the South Brevard Sharing Center. In the event that ticket sales do not exceed $20,000 (200 tickets sold), 50 percent of the ticket sales will be awarded as the prize. No additional purchase is necessary to win.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the event website, on the event Facebook page  or at the South Brevard Sharing Center’s Melbourne office located at 17 East Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne.

Contact the “A Night in Casablanca” hotline at 321-345-0393 or for questions or more information. Follow the Facebook page at for the latest announcements on prizes, sponsors, and the cause.


TOYOTA-OF-MELBOURNE-150-1Join our top corporate sponsors including Toyota of Melbourne; Grace Church Melbourne; No Worries Natural Medicine; CERTON; Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place; Ina Pandora Photography; Yellow Dog Café; Cakes So Simple; Injury Treatment Solutions; Matt’s Casbah; Graffiti Zoo; TD Bank; Infinity Bike Shop, Morgan & Barbary; and Kempf’s Jewelers. Media sponsors include Florida Today, News 13, Space Coast Daily, Hometown News, Clear Channel Outdoors and Al Dia Today.

Sponsorships are still available, call 321-345-0393 for more information.