Roll of dice lucky for Good Sam

‘The Event’ raises funds for medically underserved

Vegas had nothing on Blount County last month when Blount Memorial Foundation kicked off a new event with a familiar purpose. The Event: Casino Royale at Royal Oaks replaced the foundation’s traditional Valentine dinner and dance this year with a late April event that featured hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and Vegas-style games, all to raise money for the Blount Memorial Good Samaritan Clinic.

The evening featured a cocktail buffet plus passed hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a beautiful evening that had many gathered for a while on the deck, watching the sunset over the valley.

Good Sam serves the medically underserved and uninsured in Blount County.

The innovative evening included Vegas-style Casino games, including Texas Hold ‘em, Roulette, Craps, Black Jack, Bingo and other poker-style games. Each guest was given $25,000 in play money when they entered which they could use to play the games. After “last hand” was called, guests counted their winnings and could use their money to either purchase tickets for the “Fishbowl” drawings or bid on the live auction items. Music and dancing followed the auction.

Games were provided by Leonard Ray of Fantasy Casino. Steve Samples was the auctioneer and entertainment was by Chip Fuller of Light N Sound.

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