Saturday, February 11, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 11, 2006 . . . Set this year for March 18, the annual Charity Night at the Tables offers players a glitzy night of Monte Carlo casino-style fun, but the real winners are six Northern Kentucky charities. Now in its fifth year, Charity Night at the Tables is part of festivities surrounding the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes, Turfway Park’s Kentucky Derby prep race. As in years past, Charity Night at the Tables will be held at Turfway Park, but for the first time the event will be held in the Maker’s Mark VIP Tent on the racetrack’s grounds. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank of Northern Kentucky and The Yearlings, this year’s Charity Night at the Tables benefits
Dinsmore Homestead Foundation
Preserves an historic 30-acre site that teaches visitors about rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries and is a resource for nature enthusiasts, researchers, students, and artists.
Family Nurturing Center
Works to prevent child abuse through parenting education and in-school programs and provides treatment for abused children.
The Parish Kitchen
With the help of 500 volunteers, offers a free daily meal to those in need.
Senior Services of Northern Kentucky
Works to preserve the independence and dignity of elderly citizens through Meals on Wheels, home repair, housekeeping, transportation, in-home visits, and other services.
Empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.
The Steinford Toy Foundation
Through the efforts of more than 100 volunteers, annually provides Christmas gifts to more than 1,600 underprivileged children.
Players at Charity Night at the Tables designate play-money “winnings” to one or more of the participating charities. Then on Thursday, March 23, at the Call to the Post Luncheon for the Lane’s End Stakes, a representative from each charity will try to pick the winner of the race; the charity with the most “winnings” gets first pick. The charity whose horse finishes first (or best among those chosen) receives $10,000. The remaining five charities receive $2,000 each.
Back again for this year’s Charity Night at the Tables is Turfway Texas Hold ‘em, the popular poker game. Participation in Turfway Texas Hold ‘em is limited to 60 players. The tournament champion’s designated charity will receive an additional $1,000.
Tickets for Charity Night at the Tables include a grazing buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks, and chips for the gaming tables. Tickets are $60 per person and are available by calling Ruth Eger at (859) 578-6388 or one of the charities. Registration for Turfway Texas Hold ‘em is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Net proceeds from Charity Night at the Tables benefit the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation. Founded in 1992, the foundation promotes three leadership development programs for the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area: Regional Youth Leadership, sponsored by Toyota, US Bank, and Ohio National Financial Services; Teacher Leadership Northern Kentucky, sponsored by Staples; and Leadership Northern Kentucky.