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HEARTS FOR HEMOPHILIA
Casino Night 2007
November 16, 2007
Let the games begin!
Hemophilia of North Carolina (NHC) hosted our first "Hearts for Hemophilia" Casino Night event on Friday, November 16th, 2007 at the magnificent Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.
Guests were greeted at the door with a warm welcome on a chilly night and given $10,000 in "funny money" play chips to test their luck at the tables. Delicious hors d'ouevres were served along with an open bar of beer and wine. The group was entertained with music by our DJ and an open dance floor throughout the evening. Food was then switched over to dinner where a carving station of maple glazed breast of turkey and tenderloin of beef was beautifully presented.
We had the whole first floor of the museum to ourselves where guests were able to dine amongst the exhibits in the North Carolina Natural Treasures area and then move on to the two story high Coastal Carolina section for an exciting night of gaming.
Shouts and cheers were heard throughout the night from our winners who wagered on Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Poker! Our dealers were more than patient with those of us who needed some instruction at any of the seven tables that were offered.
Once the tables were closed, a surprising number of winners cashed in their chips for raffle tickets. A 52 Pick Up 50/50 winner was selected and prizes were drawn for the raffle. Prizes included gift certificates, American Express Gift Cheques, gift bags, cases of wine and tickets to an NC State Basketball game.
HNC then took the opportunity to recognize a very dedicated member of the organization. Mr. Charles Register was presented with the 2007 Volunteer of the Year award. Charles has contributed so much of his time and talent to HNC over the past year to help build the web site, develop publications and offer much needed advice on computer applications. We are honored to make this award to a very deserving individual!
Our evening meal was capped off with an offering of delectable desserts including a Bananas Foster station that everyone enjoyed.
Mr. Terry Lamb, our professional auctioneer for the evening, then took over the microphone for an exciting live auction! He rallied the crowd to bid on a variety of items including a week's vacation in the Outer Banks; a beautiful pearl necklace by Pearl Paradise; sports memorabilia such as an autographed hockey stick from the Carolina Hurricanes, an autographed basketball and game passes from Coach Kay Yow, an autographed Duke Football team poster and signed cap by Coach Ted Roof, an autographed copy of Five Point Play by Coach Mike Krzyzewski and a custom DVD montage package by Digital Keepsakes by Karen, LLC. Pity those who were just scratching their nose!
The night concluded with thanks to our sponsors and guests. Each attendee received a chocolate favor in the design of a playing card as a thank you for being our guest and participating in this fun event!
HNC applauds the efforts of our "Hearts for Hemophilia" Casino Night 2007 Committee for all their hard work in planning the evening's activities. Members of the committee are Andrea Brill, Sue Cowell, Terry Lamb and Pat Whitley!
We are especially grateful to the many individuals, organizations and companies for their generous support of this event:
Casino Night Sponsors
King of Hearts
Queen of Hearts
Jack of Hearts
Casino Table Sponsors
Guest Table Sponsor
John & Peggy Chadwick
Raffle Item Donors
Chili's - Cary, NC
NC State Men's Basketball
Red Robin - Cary, NC
Second Empire II Restaurant and Tavern - Raleigh, NC
Trader Joe's - Cary, NC
Two Guys Grille - Morrisville, NC
Auction Services Donated By
Mr. Terry Lamb - Lynchburg, VA
Beer Donated By
Long Beverage - Raleigh, NC
Services Provided By
Casino Party Aces - Raleigh, NC
Catering Works - Raleigh, NC
Chocolate Smiles - Cary, NC
Performance DJ - Raleigh, NC