“Casino Bucks” to be distributed by contests and stores
WELLINGTON – Sept. 23, 2016 – For a third consecutive year, various community partners are organizing a benefit casino for the Summerside Salvation Army Food Bank, all while offering participants an opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes and gift certificates worth more than $4,000.
This popular event, to be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Wellington Royal Canadian Legion, will not only entertain those who like gambling but will help nourish needy families from the East Prince region.
New this year: organizers are distributing, in advance, a limited number of “$1,000 Casino Bucks” coupons. People who shop at certain retailers in the Evangeline region (Wellington Co-op, Wellington Esso) and in the Summerside area (HMS Office Supplies, Arsenault’s Fish Mart, Salvation Army Thrift Store) on specific days between now and the date of the casino will receive these free coupons that can be used at the casino only.
“Over the next few days, we’ll also organize several contests through Facebook, offering prizes of $5,000, $10,000 and even $25,000 in Casino Bucks. We therefore invite everyone to consult the page www.facebook.com/rdeeipe on a regular basis to see if new contests are being offered,” says casino coordinator Raymond J. Arsenault. « Some of our other partners will also offer in-house contests in their own stores or offices. »
Among the prizes to be won: an iPad, work by a contractor, a TV set, power tools, home appliances, gas cards, hotel stays, tickets for shows and dinner-theatres, seafood, camping chairs, travel bags, a laser printer, an hour of ice time at a local rink, books, gift certificates and various promotional items. Prizes will be divided into lots worth at least $200.
All these prizes were generously donated by businesses and organizations such as Mike Bradley Insurance Services, AJL Contractors Ltd., RDÉE Prince Edward Island, Mermaid Marine, Wellington Construction, Shop & Play, OMD Construction and Consulting, Arsenault’s Fish Mart, Wellington Esso, Deva Forestry and The Branch Manager, HMS Office Supplies, Quality Inn and Feast Dinner Theatres, the Acadian Musical Village, J.C. Drilling, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Evangeline Recreation Centre, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce, of PEI, Evangeline-Central Credit Union, CBDC Central PEI, La Belle Alliance, Acadian Supreme, La Voix acadienne and the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É.
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 $2,500 in 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.
Wellington fire fighters and members of the department’s auxiliary have again volunteered to host the various gambling games, including Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, roulette, crown & anchor and horserace from 8-11 p.m.
At the end of the evening, with the play money and “Casino Bucks” they still have or that they have won, participants will be able to buy additional 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: Evangeline-Central Credit Union, Wellington Co-op, The Co-operators, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, the Wellington Rural Action Centre and RDÉE Prince Edward Island. Wellington Legion is a major sponsor.
The event will be open to adults only since a bar service will be available.
CUTLINE: From left are three of organizing partners of the Oct. 15 benefit casino to be held at Wellington Legion, seen brushing up on the Texas Hold’em skills in preparation for the big night: Velma Robichaud from the Wellington Rural Action Centre, Mike Bradley from The Co-operators (Mike Bradley Insurance Services) and Angèle Arsenault from Wellington Co-op. The two ladies are also showing large-sized copies of the “Casino Bucks” coupons that will be distributed in advance to encourage more people to participate.
For more information:
Raymond J. Arsenault
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
(902) 854-3439, Ext. 231