One hundred plus people flooded Mercer Oaks Ballroom Saturday night on Cinco De Mayo (May 5, 2018) to come together for Play It Forward’s 3rd Annual Casino Night to support the Foundation’s cause of empowering the sports community to give back to those in need.
Over 40 prizes were given away and the atmosphere was filled with laughter and cheering. Prizes ranged from carpet and gift certificates up to our grand prizewinner of a 5 day / 4 night all-inclusive trip to Cancun.
Jeff Pagano (hobbling around on crutches from an ankle sprain) gave a heart-felt speech thanking our guests for joining us and allowing the Play It Forward Foundation to continue its mission in empowering the sports community to give back to those in need. He presented our 3rd Play It Forward Award, which is given to someone who strongly embodies our mission of giving back to the community and empowering others to do the same. This year it was awarded to Katelin Stockton. In her name, the Play It Forward Foundation will donate $250 to the Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue.
Ryan Peach (a.k.a. Mr. Chips) worked the crowd to show people how to play and have a good time. Pete LaGregor, from LaGregor Photography was quick to capture candid (and some not so candid) shots throughout the evening of guests enjoying a winning hand or just enjoying the warn spring air outside. Rob from Full-House Casino served as the nights MC and made his way around the casino floor to ensure everyone had what he or she needed to keep the party going.
With everyone contributing to an amazing night, we were able to raise over $3,500.
Each year the Play It Forward Foundation holds their casino night to celebrate the past years accomplishments of different charities we have helped with our sports challenge programs. We are pleased with how far the organization has come and are looking forward to a rewarding 2018 where we plan to expand opportunities to youths and teach them the impact they can have in this world.
We would like to thank our table sponsors, the Foundation-4-learning and Generation III Solutions, in being continued supporters and allowing us to host such a wonderful night. We truly appreciate their kindness!
Click HERE to see the full photo gallery from this year’s event!
Registration is now open for this year’s Golf Outing at Mountain View Golf Course! CLICK HERE and sign up before July 1, 2018 for early bird discount!