The Junior League's fourth annual Casino Night fundraiser is betting its benefit winnings on several community causes.
The Junior League is an organization that raises money to support community partners and grants. Saturday night's black-tie gala was a way to raise money for the community and to have fun while doing so.
That was the theme of the Junior League's vintage Vegas fundraiser. The event had casino-style games, a silent auction, and dancing.
All proceeds go to the Virginia Discovery Museum, the Emily Couric Advocacy award and the Junior League's community grant program.
Organizers say events like the one held Saturday night really make a difference in the Charlottesville community.
"We've helped fund the Senior Center, we've helped with the Virginia Discovery Museum, the Children's Museum at UVA Health System," said Erica Shackleton, a Junior League fundraising committee member.
The money will also help support some of the League's existing projects like its "Learning Circles" program for the Boys and Girls Club. That program teaches young girls how to build self-esteem. The funds will also help grant the "Kids in the Kitchen" program. It is an international childhood obesity and nutrition education initiative.
"It's so great to raise money to help you know these nonprofits that work so hard for such a good cause and it's great to be able to you know give back," Pappas said.
They hope to raise $50,000 from Saturday night's event.