uac032311001.gif Hope you’re feeling lucky on Friday, March 25, because that is the evening that the Highland Country Club will be transformed for Casino Night, complete with roulette wheels , black jack and poker tables.

One night a year since 2006, the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville brings Vegas to Fayetteville. The glitz, glam and adrenaline that come with a night of gaming not only offers attendees a fabulous night out, it also benefi ts the community.

“Two years ago we made a commitment that this event would always benefit a nonprofit organization,” said Natalie Woodbury, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville. “This is the 6th Annual Casino Night and we have raised $81,372 over the past five years.”

This year, Habitat for Humanity will be the lucky benefi ciary of the proceeds. The Executive Director for Habitat, Ann Griffi n, is excited about how the money will be put to good use in the community. “I want to say how excited and proud we are to be the chosen charity this year for casino night. It is a real honor,” she said. “The money will go towards our mission — we build and sell homes to partner families who cannot afford a conventional mortgage ”

This year Griffin has plans in the works for Habitat to build nine houses. That’s nine families that would not otherwise be able to afford a home. Both Woodbury and Griffin see this as a great fit for their organizations, since the vision of the Home Builders Association is that home ownership can and should be within the reach of every American family and Habitat for Humanity works to help families achieve the dream of home ownership.

“It is a perfect fit, the Home Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity — it just goes together,” said Griffin.

On the night of the event, there is a place for everyone at the (poker) table, even if you’ve never played before.

“There are all kinds of games complete with professional dealers,” said Woodbury. “And for those that don’t know how to play, the dealers are really nice and will teach you, which is great for people who maybe have never played those games but who still want to participate and join in the fun.”

Tickets are $75 and every ticket includes entry to the event, one drink ticket and $500 in funny money. There is no real cash at stake, unless you choose to spend yours to purchase additional funny money as the night progresses. Heavy hors d’ouevres will be served throughout the evening as well. 

When it’s time to cash in your chips, Woodbury says that there are plenty of impressive prizes that are up for grabs. “At the end of the night the top three winners will choose from our three top prizes. One is from Hinkamp Jewelers, another is a flat-screen TV and the third is cash.” She added that “For every $1,000 that you win, you get a raffle ticket. Once the top three winners are a03-23-11-casino-night.gifnnounced, then we start pulling tickets. We have more than 50 prizes, so a lot of people leave that night with something in their hand — which is good.”

The fun goes from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Prizes will be distributed at 10 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville Offi ce. Find out more at 826- 0648 or www.fayhba.org.

Photo: The Homebuilders Association of Fayetteville is hosting Casino Night on March 25. Proceeds will benefi t Habitat for Humanity..

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