Supporters “Hit the Jackpot” for Kids at Casino Night Fundraiser


What happens in Vegas was happening in downtown Rochester at The Wintergarden at Legacy Tower, and all for Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester. On January 28, 2017, close to 220 Club supporters tested their luck, and skill, at the organization’s Casino Night Fundraiser. The first-time event raised $63,294 (gross)! 

Presented by AT&T, the evening kicked off with a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a strolling supper, gaming, live entertainment, silent auction, a cash call, raffles and more. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester’s Sweet Dancerz’ hip hop performance kicked off gaming at 7 p.m. Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and other popular gaming tables covered The Wintergarden floor. Finely-dressed guests also had the opportunity to partake in a special scotch and bourbon tasting, provided by Empire Merchants North.

Club members interacted with guests while selling 50/50 tickets and extra raffle tickets and gaming chips. Prior to the cash call, a special Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester video was shown and Club alumna Sasha Okolo shared her experience growing up at the 500 Genesee St. facility. Event attendees loved spinning a prize wheel for a chance to win artwork created by Boys & Girls Clubs members. 

Gaming chips were exchanged for tickets that guests put toward raffle items of their choosing. Raffle items included golf foursomes, spring cleaning packages, personal training sessions, sports memorabilia and more. The silent auction allowed guests to bid on prizes such as a week-long stay at Daytona Beach, FL., jewelry from Mann’s Jewelers, an overnight package at The Strathallan Spa, and others.   

A portion of the proceeds of a special “Great Futures Lemonade” drink also benefited the Club.

“It was a great evening of fun in support of the Club,” said Frank Insero, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester Board Chair. “Events like Casino Night make it possible to expand Club programming and opportunities for our members. Their success wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of the event guests, sponsors and planning committee.”

Other Casino Night event sponsors included Bond, Schoeneck & King, Harris Beach PLLC, Sutherland Global Services, Premium Mortgage Corporation, Burke Group, Insero Wealth Strategies, IVY Academia Group, The Wintergarden by Monroe’s, Insero & Co. CPAs, LLP, The Steve Wrobble Team at Nothnagle Realtors, Fairport Savings Bank, Raymour & Flannigan, The Harley School and Buckingham Properties LLC.