Friday, March 30, 2012

Casino Night Raises $5,162 for The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton

(L-R) Sandy Franzer, Miss Ohio Ellen Bryan, Eileen Tobe & Debbie Butner from The Children’s Medical Center
February 18, 2012 over 150 people came to Romer’s Catering in St. Henry for Casino Night to benefit The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. Through ticket sales, the 50/50 raffle, a Bob Evans Fundraiser and donations, over $5,100 was raised and will be presented to The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton at the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon June 2-3 in Dayton.

Guests in attendance were treated to a delicious buffet meal before the casino action started. Miss Ohio, Ellen Bryan entertained the guests with a brief performance before the action started. Each guest was given play money to “gamble” with at various tables including black jack, texas hold ‘em and showdown. They could also try their luck at the slot machines, chuck-a-luck wheel, and make some easy cash by throwing bean bags, playing golf, or participating in the “Money Makers.” The guests cashed in the money they won at the various games for tickets that they could put in a raffle for more than 30 prizes. There was also a live auction and 50/50 raffle.

The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton assists many families in Mercer and Darke Counties. From June 2010-June 2011, they treated 296 inpatients and 6,016 outpatients. Families in the area that have been affected by the services of the hospital shared their stories and photos which were then put together and shown throughout the night. The slide show showcased 48 children in the area that have been helped by The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton and served as a reminder of why the attendees were there and all the services and families they were supporting.

The fundraiser was organized by Eileen Tobe of Ft. Recovery and Sandy Franzer of St. Henry. Eileen experienced the services of The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton first hand with her youngest son. Sandy Franzer, is the mother of 2010 All-Star Ambassador Mitchell Franzer. Mitchell was on hand to help throughout the night and pick the door prize winners and the winning tickets for the casino prizes.

To become involved in the fundraiser next year or to have your loved one as part of the slide show throughout the night, please contact Eileen Tobe at 419-375-4534.

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