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Casino night benefits Lions Club community outreach

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The popular Gresham Breakfast Lions Club casino night is returning Saturday, March 8, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham.

Try your hand at blackjack, roulette or craps — for a cause.

The Gresham Breakfast Lions Club is hosting its annual Monte Carlo Night for Charity on Saturday, March 8, in the gymnasium of St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

All proceeds go toward sight and hearing needs in the community, such as the recipient of a guide dog. President Steve Solcz said the club has a goal of hosting 150 guests and raising at least $4,000.

“Everything goes back in the the community,” Solcz said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with games running 7-10 p.m., including professional gaming tables and dealers.

A spaghetti dinner will be served, along with beer and wine.

Buy-in is $50, with optional re-buys. Attendees may purchase $1,000 in play chips for $20. Instead of cash prizes, winners will receive gift cards.

The casino night is one of three major fundraisers Gresham Breakfast Lions hosts each year. In the last 30 years, the club has contributed $153,000 to Oregon Sight and Hearing Foundation, provided thousands of eyeglasses and hearing aids to those unable to afford them, awarded scholarships to local high school students and helped families in need during the holidays.

The group also “adopted” a sight-impaired student, providing more than $25,000 in summer tutoring and specialized equipment.

Gresham Breakfast Lions Club began in 1980 and has a membership of 44 people.

For more information about casino night, call Art Abbott at 503-936-0540.




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