A Humane Society fundraiser you can bet on
You can bet it'll be a rip-roarin' time when the Humane Society of the Ochocos hosts Lucky Dogs Casino Night on Saturday, April 21 at Carey Foster Hall.
The evening of adult entertainment features a Texas Hold 'em tournament, casino games, food, a no-host bar, music, prizes and a silent auction — all with a Western theme.
"It's one of our fundraisers. We'd like to use it toward the new building fund. It'll go toward our capital campaign," said HSO Executive Director Heather O'Daniel, adding that they were looking for something a little different to entertain the community.
Team Casino, a professional entertainment group from Bend, will run the show.
The Texas Hold 'em tournament starts at 5 p.m., and general admission opens at 6 p.m. and goes until 9.
Tickets for Texas Hold 'em must be purchased by Thursday, April 19. The $95 includes 3,000 in chips, casino event entry, and 10 door prize raffle tickets. There are two options for longer play at the event, $50 to re-buy 3,000 chips or $75 for 6,000 more chips.
"It's a split pot, so winner takes half," O'Daniel said of the tournament.
General admission for casino gaming is $45 in advance and includes 10 door prize raffle tickets or $50 at the door. There will be several casino-type games, such as Roulette, Blackjack and Craps.
"You buy what we call our 'Funny Money,'" O'Daniel explained. "You exchange your real hard cash for Funny Money, and you sit down and play the games."
At the end of the night, players will put their raffle tickets into the pot for the raffle prizes they'd like to win, including an overnight stay at the coast, a resort stay with a round of golf, a wine cooler with 15 bottles of wine, and a tour of a chimpanzee sanctuary.
"We have a total of almost $5,000 in items that we've been able to procure for the event," said Sue Bower, a HSO Thrift Store volunteer who is heading up Lucky Dogs Casino Night.
Some items will be door prizes, others will be sold in a silent auction, and the big-ticket items will be given away to a few lucky players.
"We've got a ton of food items, spa treatments, and a lot of beer and growlers," Bower said of the auction items.
Folks can bid on dog grooming services, fly fishing lessons, gift certificates to restaurants and shops, gift baskets for pets, rounds of golf, a white-water rafting trip, a rock-climbing adventure, movie tickets, and dog boarding.
Bower encourages folks to purchase tickets in advance so they can get a head count and join them at the relaxed event that will help community animals.
"It's a Western theme, and jeans and boots are all welcome," Bower said. "There's a fun photo op where you can dress up and take pictures with your friends at a photo booth."
HSO will serve heavy hors d'oeuvres, such as macaroni and cheese, baked beans, chicken, meatball sausages, mini ham sliders, cornbread and vegetable trays.
Ochoco Brewing Company will serve alcohol at the no-host bar, and cab rides will be available through Country Cab.
O'Daniel said she'd be ecstatic if Lucky Dogs Casino Night brings in anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 for the new shelter fund.
"I'm really hoping to get a good turn out, and I hope it's something unique and different that Prineville likes, and we'll do it again next year if we have good feedback," she said.