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EV Assistance League has big hopes for casino night

April 12th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
EV Assistance League has big hopes for casino night

By Sarah Auffret
Guest Writer

Members of Assistance League of East Valley are gearing up for their annual fundraiser, “Rolling on the High Seas” Casino Night, on April 30 at Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes.

Their goal is not only to raise money for East Valley school children and families, but to bring in new members to the group, according to Marsha Calhoun of Chandler, chair for the event.

“We are a small but mighty group of volunteers who have a major impact in the community,” she said.  “We provided new school uniforms and clothes to over 10,000 children in six East Valley school districts last year, and we donated 4,500 assault survivor kits to hospitals, fire and police departments. We supplied clothes and food to homeless teens and provided 13 college scholarships last year.

“We are passionate about what we do, and we have a great time together. The impact of what we do is so far-reaching, but we could do so much more if more people knew about us.”

The league, which has no paid staff, raises funds through their upscale thrift shop at 2326 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, as well as through grants and donations.

Many members say working a shift at the thrift shop is one of their favorite activities, greeting regular shoppers who line up outside the door. The shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

“Rolling on the High Seas” Casino Night will combine cruise ship fun with live music, a silent auction, buffet dinner of herb crusted beef tenderloin and lemon butter chicken, and table games run by professional dealers. A $75 ticket will also entitle guests to a free champagne reception and $500 in casino play money.

Michael Pollack of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments is title sponsor for this year’s event. Pollack has been a longtime supporter of Assistance League of East Valley, providing much-needed funding and other support.

Two special auction items will be one-of-a-kind jewelry designed by Michael’s Creative Jewelry and tickets to a Keith Urban concert Sept. 8 at Footprint Center.

This exceptional night will include parking, a suite, and food. Other auction items include cooking lessons at Malee’s Thai Bistro, golf packages, jewelry, artwork, Gammage and Cardinals tickets, a wine tour at Page Springs Cellars, gift baskets and tickets to many other events.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the champagne reception, with dinner at 6 p.m. at Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Reservations for the event are due by April 20 and are available online at assistanceleague.org/east-valley/rolling-on-the-high-seas-casino-night or by mail or in person at their thrift shop.

For more information, contact Mary Louise Lansbarkis at 480-895-7938 or Marsha Calhoun at mcalhoun430@yahoo.com.