Adults Play - Kids Win!
West Bloomfield Educational Foundation’s Fabulous Casino Night
By Joey Spano
And, what a fabulous night it was!
The West Bloomfield Educational Foundation’s (WBEF) first ever Fabulous Casino Night held on “lucky” Friday the 13th of February was a big hit! Over 350 “big time gamblers” gathered at Edgewood Country Club just across the border in Commerce Township to play Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Bingo, bid on an array of silent auction items, putt for a chance to win $10,000 and socialize, all for a great cause. Guests munched on appetizers, sipped adult beverages, danced to the superb music of the bugs Beddow Band and enjoyed some late night pizza.
The WBEF was established in 2002 and since its inception has raised over $1 million with all of those funds going directly back to our schools. Each year, the foundation holds a community event to raise money to fund a variety of programs, and to purchase textbooks, teaching supplies, instruments and many useful technology tools as well as fund an anti-bullying campaign and the FIRST Roboticsprogram at West Bloomfield High School. In addition, over $150,000 in educator grants have been awarded to classroom teachers for innovative projects that support student achievement. All proceeds from Fabulous Casino Night were dedicated to the Educators Grant program.
An absolutely essential ingredient to any successful event is community support. And, this we had! Dozens of volunteers, including many of our principals, an extremely hard-working planning committee, strong support from the business community and our vendors and of course, the evening’s patrons all added up to a huge success.
Sincere appreciation is extended to our sponsors of Fabulous Casino Night. Event sponsors were:
Durham School Services
George W. Auch Company
Lusk and Albertson
GCA Education Services
Edgewood Country Club
Berger, Ghersi & LaDuke
Dr. Nick and Sue Hersh
SBSI Software, Inc.
LaPointe & Butler
West Bloomfield Police Foundation
West Bloomfield Education Association
Michigan Web Press
Service Heating & Plumbing
We also wish to thank the many businesses and individuals who donated wonderful items to our Silent Auction. We are also most grateful to the 65 volunteers who worked the event! Special thanks to Kevin Tyrrell, Clubhouse Manager and Brian Bach, General Manager at Edgewood Country Club for their tremendous support and for providing a great venue for Fabulous Casino Night. Last, but not least, much appreciation to all of our Friday the 13th guests. You certainly made it a truly fabulous evening.
If you were unable to attend, donations are always welcome on-line at www.wbef.org or call, 248-865-6463
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