“The intent of the casino night is to raise funds for our daily operations and our daily operations include paying the staff that work in our kennels, do the adoption coordinations and our rescue coordinations as well as paying for things like food fees and vet fees and general healthcare for the animals we rescue,” said Shanna Thompson, who is helping to organize the event. “All of our animals come from Bartow County Animal Control, and so every life we can save and make room for and adopt out [helps].”
The event, to be held at 444 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, will last from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. It will feature casino gambling, such as blackjack, craps, poker and roulette, as well as food, drinks and entertainment, including music provided by DJ Nunzio and a magician performing illusions and sleight of hand.
It also will feature a live and silent auction.
“Last year we had over 200 attendees, and this year we’re hoping for more than 250,” Thompson said. “This year we’re going to have more gaming tables to deal with the increase, so just because more people are going to be there doesn’t mean people won’t get time on the gaming tables.”
When attendees enter the door they will be given a packet of fake money to be used at the tables.
She said in 2012 EVHS was able to place more than 1,700 animals in homes or rescue sites. The 2012 casino night raised more than $18,000.
Opened in 2006, the 4,928-square-foot shelter at 36 Ladd’s Mountain Road costs about $240,000 per year to manage. The shelter consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages and a puppy room with 22 cages.
“This year we are shooting for between $20,000 and $25,000,” Thompson said. “A big way we increase the amount raised is by seeking out sponsors for the event and those sponsors can either be people who give a financial contribution or we have some sponsors who barter with us.”
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the EVHS Shelter or BodyPlex Family Fitness.
“It’s a chance for the community to come together and have a classy night of entertainment,” Thompson said.
For more information, call 770-383-3338 or 678-520-8159.