Casino night to benefit local hospital

By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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With the roll of the dice and flick of a card, Las Vegas will be in Auburn’s backyard this weekend. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation will host its second-ever Casino Night this Saturday. Attendees will take a gamble at one of several casino games including blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, Texas hold-em and more. The event includes live music, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Proceeds benefit the foundation and its efforts to improve quality at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn. “We find the community really enjoys it because it’s a fun, interactive way to enjoy yourself while supporting a very worthwhile cause,” said Mindy Danovaro, executive director of the foundation. Money raised from this year’s Casino Night will benefit a number of projects including privatizing some patient rooms, adding an MRI and remodeling the hospital’s operating rooms. Additionally, the foundation has set up a matching grant with Sutter Health to purchase more operating room equipment for orthopedics. The foundation hopes to ultimately raise $250,000 and have Sutter Health match that amount. Last year’s Casino Night raised almost $14,000. The money went toward building infusion therapy center for cancer treatment and other immune-compromised patients in Auburn. Danovaro said fundraisers such as Casino Night help the hospital provide new services or improve existing services to Auburn and area residents. “I’ve very important when you’re not feeling well to be able to know you have the best possible care in your backyard,” Danovaro said. “Auburn Faith is an award-winning hospital. We are so blessed to have this level of heath care right here in our neighborhood.” Danovaro and event coordinators say Casino Night is geared toward gamblers of all skill levels — especially beginners. “It’s a novelty to be able to do gambling without spending your own money,” said Sue Petermann, casino manager for Casino Night. Petermann works for The Entertainment Team, an El Dorado Hills-based company hired to provide the casino-style games. Petermann said dealers will help teach players strategies and basic rules. “If you haven’t played before and you want to learn a new game, we’ll be happy to teach it to you,” Petermann said. “At the end of the night everyone can still pay their mortgage and have a good time — and an opportunity to learn something.” Danovaro added that the event will have something for everyone. For the non-gamblers, activities such as golf putting and foosball will be available. “One of the beauties of this event is that it is appealing to a broad cross section,” Danovaro said. “People will be teaching at the tables so if you’re a little nervous about your skills, you don’t have to worry — you’ll be in great hands.” Casino night is from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Winchester Clubhouse, located at 3007 Legends Drive in Meadow Vista. Presale tickets at $90 for two and includes $250 worth of chips. Tickets will be $50 per person at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation at (530) 888-4557. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment at ---------- Casino Night What: Benefit for Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday Where: Winchester Clubhouse, 3007 Legends Drive, Meadow Vista Cost: $90 per couple presale; $50 per person at the door Call: (530) 888-4557