Casino Night to benefit EVHS Feb. 13

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With its Casino Night fundraiser, Etowah Valley Humane Society is encouraging supporters to “place [their] bets for homeless pets.”“It allows people to delve into the fun of casino gambling without the risk of their own funds, not to mention that all proceeds generated go to general operating expenses for the shelter,” EVHS Director Bryan Canty said. “So it’s a great night of fun for a great cause. Each and every year, I think, people are having [a] great time. It is one of our ... signature events, and we have no intention of stopping it in the future. It’s definitely a money-maker for us, and those are much needed funds.”Set for Feb. 13, the eighth annual Casino Night benefit will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight at America’s Auto Auction, 444 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville. Encouraged to don Vegas-chic attire, attendees will be treated to food, music, a silent auction and Vegas-style casino gaming.“We actually have a gaming company that comes in and brings in all kinds of Vegas-style games, things like poker tables and craps tables,” EVHS board member Meagan Bryson said. “... It’s really fun. We have a DJ there. We’ll have food and drinks and even a silent auction. It’s really just all about having a nice night out.“We kind of picked [around] Valentine’s Day this year, because we didn’t want to compete too closely with other events going on in town around that time frame. Valentine’s Day for some people is fun and they get all into it. They do the dinner and the roses and all that. For some of us, it’s like — oh, this holiday again, same boring dinner. ... [Casino Night is] something different, and it’s fun. So we’re calling it ‘a Vegas valentine.’ It’s on Feb. 13, and it’s going to be something fun for couples and singles alike to do.”Opened in 2006, EVHS’ 4,928-square-foot shelter at 36 Ladds Mountain Road in Cartersville costs about $250,000 per year to operate. The facility consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with about 24 cages, a puppy room with more than 20 cages, outdoor kennel runs and an on-site dog park.“We’re hoping that this event will ... net about $20,000 for EVHS,” Canty said. “About a third of our revenue is generated off of the margins on adoption fees and then the rent has to come from either the donors or fundraisers.“In 2015, we were able to rescue 2,214 lives from Bartow County Animal Control, which was our second best year in overall numbers in the history of the organization. In addition to that, we have lowered the euthanasia rate for the fifth consecutive year. So those are definitely numbers that we’re proud of, and we’re hoping that people will rally behind the cause and continue to let us do what we do and that’s to save lives.”For more information about purchasing tickets, costing $60 for general admission or $75 for VIP, call the EVHS at 770-383-3338 or visit BetOnHomelessPets.com.