When all the bets were down, the funds raised for the Vestavia Hills Library of the Forest at a recent casino night event were up.
The People Affecting Library Success, or PALS, Casino Royale fundraiser in April raised $18,367 for the library’s children’s department.
Proceeds from the third annual fundraiser and silent auction surpassed the 2013 profits by more than $6,800, organizers said.
Professional dealers from Goodfellas Gaming offered guests rounds of blackjack, poker, craps and roulette while they enjoyed live music by Rockstar. Klingler’s served food, and International Wines and Craft Beer served complimentary beverages. Continental Florist decorated the tables, and Serendipity Sweets provided a sweet treats bar.
At the end of the night, guests cashed in their chips for raffle tickets to try to win a variety of items.
“This year’s Casino Royale was full of energy, excitement and fun,” said Taneisha Young Tucker, library director. “We are thankful to the PALS, program sponsors and attendees for making this annual event a huge success. The PALS enable the library to provide quality programming each year for our youngest patrons. We genuinely appreciate their dedication to our children’s department and their determination to help us succeed.”
Money raised by PALS helps fund Summer Reading program activities, including a kickoff, finale, weekly programs, family events, performers, storytellers, prizes, books and equipment.
Kim Blackenburg, Stephanie Smith and Virginia Hornbuckle planned Casino Royale. Brandy Schreiner and Annie Bailey organized the silent auction. PALS board members Anna McClendon, Mindy Reed, Madeline Camp, Margaret Powell and June Clark assisted along with Ashley Groves and many PALS members.