"It's one of our larger fundraisers," EVHS Director Bryan Canty said, adding this year's goal is to raise at least $15,000 through the event. "It affords people the opportunity to participate in casino-type gaming without the risk of their own capital involved.
"You get to participate in blackjack and poker and craps and roulette games and it's in a controlled environment. Like I said, there's absolutely no risk of you losing any of your own money. In the process, you get to have the fun without the consequences thereof."
From 7 p.m. to midnight, the event will feature casino gaming, live entertainment, food and drinks at Red Top Auto Auction, 444 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville. A $50 ticket grants each participant casino chips and four drink tickets and access to a buffet dinner.
Opened in 2006, EVHS' 4,928-square-foot shelter at 36 Ladd's Mountain Road in Cartersville costs about $240,000 per year to manage. The shelter consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages and a puppy room with 22 cages.
Since the EVHS currently is funded solely by private donations, fundraisers and adoption fees, events like Casino Night are integral to its operation.
"We provide a viable service to this community," Canty said. "We [care for some of] the animals that have been picked up by Bartow County Animal Control. We try our best to find them forever homes. Right now with the euthanasia rate at 64 percent, our viability is more important than ever because that's just a rate that's simply unacceptable.
"We are reaching out with the Homeless Pets Clubs in schools and we recently set up transport operations from our shelter. We have two routes, one that goes to Massachusetts. So we're really encouraged with that avenue in terms of finding homes for animals. And we also cross-post to over 400 rescue services through my animal coordinator's Facebook site. So we're doing our best ... [but in addition to] my organization, it's going to take the involvement of the community in terms of their financial assistance and also just educating them on responsible pet ownership and everything that it entails."
Along with recruiting participants, the EVHS also is seeking sponsors for Casino Night.
According to www.etowahvalleyhumane.org, "This year there are four levels of sponsorship: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. The sponsorship donation for Casino Night and complimentary tickets for admission are as follows: Platinum, $2,000 (10 free tickets); Gold, $1,000 (eight free tickets); Silver, $500 (six free tickets); Bronze, $250 (four free tickets). All sponsorship levels will be recognized at Casino Night for your support of our cause. If you choose to be a Platinum sponsor, you will also be recognized by name in radio public service announcements and social media. As always, all donations to Etowah Valley Humane Society are fully tax deductible."
For more information about the EVHS and its upcoming fundraiser, visit www.etowahvalleyhumane.org or call 770-383-3338.