More than $2,000 in prizes to be won during second benefit casino for food bank

casinoLOWRESWELLINGTON – Oct. 8, 2015 – Those who enjoy gambling will soon have the opportunity to play several games of chance and to win a great variety of prizes worth more than $2,000 during a benefit casino for the Summerside Salvation Army Food Bank.

This evening of gaming, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 8 p.m. at Wellington Royal Canadian Legion, is being organized in collaboration with the Wellington Fire Department as a major event of Co-op and Small Business Weeks.

Various valuable prizes for the home, for the workshop, for the office or for the family are up for grabs during the evening. All of these were generously donated by local businesses, co-ops and organizations such as AJL Contractors, Wellington Construction, Shop and Play, RDÉE Prince Edward Island, Arsenault’s Fish Mart, Wellington Esso, Deva Forestry and The Branch Manager, HMS Office Supplies, Acadian Fishermen’s Co-op, Rodd Hotels, Brothers 2 (Feast Dinner-Theatres) and Credit Union Place. The organizing partners will also contribute smaller prizes.

“Last year, the more than 80 people participating in our casino contributed the nice sum of $1,750 for the food bank,” said Angèle Arsenault, president of the Conseil de développement coopératif, one of the organizing partners of the evening. “This year, we hope to be able to raise an even greater amount and that a larger number of people will attend.”

Wellington fire fighters will be hosting the various gambling games, including Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, roulette, crown & anchor and horserace on a volunteer basis from 8-11 p.m.


The concept of the evening will be quite simple. As they arrive, guests will be invited to make a monetary donation, in the amount of their choice, to the food bank. In exchange for their donation, they will receive a lottery ticket and a packet of play money that they can then spend at a variety of gambling games. Those wishing to buy more packets of play money can do so throughout the event.

At the end of the evening, with the play money they still have or that they have won, participants will be able to buy lottery tickets. Each of the prizes will have its own little lottery, so people will be able to choose which lottery or lotteries they would like to participate in. The draws will then be made.

The casino is being organized by various partners from the co-op and economic development sector: the Conseil de développement coopératif, Evangeline-Central Credit Union, Wellington Co-op, The Co-operators, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, the Wellington Rural Action Centre, RDÉE Prince Edward Island and CBDC Central PEI.

The event will be open to adults only since a bar service will be available.



CUTLINE: Seen getting ready for the Oct. 24 fundraising casino at Wellington Legion are representatives of two of the organizing partners: Raymond J. Arsenault from the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, and Diane McInnis from Evangeline-Central Credit Union.


For more information:

Raymond J. Arsenault
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
(902) 854-3439, Ext. 231