Thursday, March 12, 2015

Upcoming Casino Night is a sure bet for a good cause

Samantha Rearley

By student public relations writer Madison Corbin
Ohio University-Chillicothe welcomes its 2nd Annual Casino Night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on March 28 in the Shoemaker Center on campus.  The fund-raiser benefits the Ross County Coalition against Domestic Violence and a local shelter that the organization operates. 

Attendants can participate in games such as Texas Hold 'em, Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps as well as enjoy entertainment from local band, The Greater Goods.  Local politicians, business owners, and academic administrators serve as volunteer card dealers, while members of the community are encouraged to get to have a great time.  

Samantha Rearley, an OU-C student spearheads the event with a wide knowledge of her community and a fervent passion for the cause.

“In 2014, the RCCADV assisted in more than 300 domestic violence cases in Ross County.  We hope to raise awareness of this throughout the greater Chillicothe area through Casino Night,” said Rearley.

“There is no monetary risk to play . . . your entry fee includes all-night game play, entertainment, and food.  If you've never played, it is a great place to learn and even if you don't play, we have great entertainment!” said Rearley.

Part of what makes Casino Night so distinct is its ability to interweave the Chillicothe community and the Ohio University Chillicothe campus within one worthy cause.  Rearley acts as president of a student organization called Students Advocating for Gender Equality.  The group’s support is a pivotal part of the event’s success.  Collaboration between community members and students is a beneficial factor overall.

Rearley’s event is more than an opportunity for locals to enjoy quality entertainment in a convenient place.  It is an impactful fundraiser for a prevalent issue in Ross County.  Casino Night continues to grow.  

“People should attend to support a local organization that helps more than 300 men, women, and children every year,” said Rearley.  “1 in 4 women, 1 in 7 men, and more than 3 million children will experience domestic violence in their lifetime . . . it affects everyone.”

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