Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mardi Gras Night

Most Saturday nights, I am out delivering pizza to the local residents.  Tonight, however, was a special night.  Tonight, we had the opportunity to attend Mardi Gras Night.  It was a fundraiser for an organization called Opportunity Builders, Inc.

We had a great time.  Can you tell from my picture here that I had a couple of brewed beverages?  The night started off with a few hors d'oeuvres and a live band.  When you entered the event, they gave you a coupon for $50000 in chips to play casino games.  They had blackjack, poker, roulette, craps and slot machines.  I spent a good hour playing blackjack.  I broke about even, so I guess I did OK.  If you went through your free chips you could spend your hard earned cash for more chips.  It was a fundraiser after all.  At the end of the night, for every $25000 in chips you turned in, you received a ticket towards a raffle.

There were also two auctions during the night.  In the early part of the evening, there were several lots available for a silent auction.  I bid early in the evening on a four pack of Bowie Baysox tickets and an Outback Steakhouse gift card, but got so caught up in playing blackjack that I never went back to see how high the bidding got on the items.  The evening ended with a live auction and drawing of the raffle tickets from your casino winnings.  The live auction items are well out of my price range, and unfortunately, I did not win any of the raffles.

The reason we were able to attend the event is because my in-laws, through one of their companies, were a big sponsor of the event and had a table.  Earlier this week, I posted about how my son had started working in one of the programs at his new school.  Our nephew, graduated from my son's school last spring, and is currently working for OBI.  It is the next step in the transitional process for kids like my son.  I tip my Mardi Gras hat to organizations like OBI and companies that contract with them for work.

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