By Amanda Rogers
Mansfield Cares threw the dice, gambling that people would attend the second annual Viva Las Mansfield casino night – and came home a winner.
The event drew approximately 130 gamblers for an evening of slots, blackjack, craps, Texas Hold ‘Em and roulette, plus a VIP Gamers Poker Tournament at Walnut Creek Country Club on Saturday night.
“I think it was fantastic,” said Valorie Hague, event chairperson and Mansfield Cares vice president. “The chef’s food was a 5-plus. The space was fantastic and the tables were full all night. We had one person running around passing out drink tickets all night.”
Guests earned raffle tickets for a variety of items ranging from a basket of wine to an air fryer, while the silent and live auctions featured a gas grill, giant basket of candy and VIP package to the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club.
Daryle Perez played his cards right to win the VIP Gamers tourney, earning a Henry rifle. Last year’s poker tournament winner, Dr. Pat Collini, placed second and won a trip to Las Vegas. George Fassett placed third and took home $500 in gift cards.
Attendees munched finger foods, while a disc jockey kept the party going.
Proceeds, which are still being tabulated, will go to Common Ground’s Feed the Kids program and shoes for the Back to School Bash, plus local food pantries.
“It was a success,” Hague said. “It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.”
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