Lake Cities Lions Club Casino Royale Fundraiser

Lake Cities Lions Club Casino Royale Fundraiser

by Susan Neuhalfen

The Lake Cities Lions Club held its 10th annual Casino Royale fundraiser January 30 at the VFW banquet hall in Lake Dallas raising over $3,000 for various local charities.

“In terms of attendance and money raised, this was our most successful one to date,” said Larry Gilbert, vice president of the Lions Club. “We’re fortunate it has gained popularity every year.”

This is the 4th year the event has been held at the VFW and Gilbert credits a great deal of the success to the cooperation of the people at the Veterans of Foreign Affairs as well as the many sponsors that contribute to the event.  Gilbert says that the generosity of these sponsors allows them donate a great deal more money to the charities.

The games at this year’s Casino Royale included Texas Hold‘em tournaments, blackjack, craps and roulette. Participants were given a chance to trade their winnings for raffle prizes.  Grand prizes were also awarded to the winners. James Page, a professor of history at NCTC-Corinth, won the Texas Hold’em tournament  which he has done three out of the last four years.

“The prizes were really great this year,” continued Gilbert.  “A lot of people went home happy.”

Proceeds from the event go to scholarships for Lake Dallas ISD as well as many other LDISD school events, Lake Cities Education Foundation and the Lions Club international programs including the sight program.

The Lions Club has gained worldwide recognition for their efforts to improve sight for individuals and help prevent blindness. They recycle glasses, support eye banks that provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries and provide free vision tests for those who need them.  Gilbert said that the Lake Cities Lions Club now has four members trained to give vision tests and are soon going to train even more.

Founded in 2000, the Lake City Lions Club serves Corinth, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek and Shady Shores. It is today the only civic service organization that serves the Lake Cities. They have roughly 25 members and are always looking for new faces to join.

The club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.

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