Tuesday, February 12, 2008 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 12, 2008 . . . The 7th Annual Charity Night at the Tables, set for 7 pm to midnight on March 15, is expected to again draw more than 1,000 people for a glamorous night of community giving and casino fun. Eight hometown charities will be the big winners at the unique gala, held annually at Turfway Park.
At Charity Night at the Tables, players try their luck at roulette, poker, blackjack and other casino games, designating their play-money winnings to one of the participating charities. The charity with the most "money" at the end of the night gets first pick of horses running in the Lane's End Stakes, Turfway Park's Kentucky Derby prep race held the following Saturday. The charity whose horse finishes best receives $10,000 for its work. The other seven receive $3,000 each.
Tickets to Charity Night at the Tables are $75 per person. Admission includes chips for the gaming tables, a grazing buffet, unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks, live entertainment by the show band Off the Hook, raffles, a silent auction, and Split the Pot. Tickets are available from any of the eight charities, by calling (859) 578-6388, or at www.nkychamber.com.
Fifth Third Bank and the Yearlings return as title sponsors for Charity Night at the Tables, continuing support they have provided since the event’s inception. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Scripps Howard Foundation, Sam's Club, Home Improvement Solutions LLC, and Roeding Group Companies. Charity Night at the Tables is presented by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation and Turfway Park.
Charities participating in 2008 are:
The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky
Provides opportunities to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities through group homes, real-work experience, awareness programs, and social activities.
HealthPoint Family Care
Through Pike Street Clinic for the Homeless, offers the only source of free medical care and medicine for homeless persons in Northern Kentucky.
Education Alliance of Northern Kentucky
Links businesses with schools to improve the regional workforce and provides students with information on career opportunities and required skills.
Kids Voting Northern Kentucky
Non-partisan, all-volunteer organization teaches young people the importance of voting and gives them an authentic voting experience at the polls.
New Perceptions Inc.
Working across eight Northern Kentucky counties, promotes the welfare of developmentally disabled children and adults and their families through education, growth, and employment.
The Parish Kitchen
Daily offers a full free meal to anyone who comes to the door, with its 300 volunteers and small staff focusing specifically on providing dignity, respect, attention, affection, and hospitality.
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.
The Steinford Toy Foundation
With more than 150 volunteers, provides Christmas toys to more than 2,500 underprivileged children in Northern Kentucky each year.