Casino games are a high­light for Boys& Girls Clubs’ mas­quer­ade gala

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More than 200 guests will try their luck at casino games for the sake of help­ing chil­dren at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boca Ra­ton.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion will host its “Vene­tian Mas­quer­ade,” the fourth an­nual Casino Night from 7 to 11p.m. Oct. 18 at Bo­caWest Coun­try Club.

Guests will stroll around in clas­sic Vene­tian ball masks while also en­joy­ing cock­tails, din­ner, gourmet sweets, and live and silent auc­tion items. Live auc­tion items in­clude a rental in a 2013 Maserati Gran Turismo con­vert­ible and a chance to be Palm Beach County’s “Sher­iff for a Day.”

Pro­ceeds from “Vene­tian Mas­quer­ade” will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boca Ra­ton, 300 New­cas­tle Street. The club pro­vides a safe haven for nearly 200 chil­dren ages 6-18 dur­ing non-school hours. The chil­dren par­tic­i­pate in club ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­clude com­puter train­ing, job skills de­vel­op­ment, lead­er­ship work­shops, home­work as­sis­tance and tu­tor­ing, sports and fit­ness pro­grams, fine arts and per­form­ing arts classes.

Re­turn­ing as the event’s chair­man is Boys & Girls Clubs of Boca Ra­ton Unit Board Pres­i­dent Zakir N. Od­hwani, who is also se­nior vice pres­i­dent at U.S. Trust, Bank of Amer­ica Pri­vate Wealth Man­age­ment.

Hon­orary chairs for “Vene­tian Mas­quer­ade” are re­tired football coach Howard Sch­nel­len­berger and his wife, Bev­er­lee, and lo­cal busi­ness and civic lead­ers Bill and Elaine Mor­ris. Sch­nel­len­berger coached at the col­lege and pro­fes­sional lev­els for nearly 50 years, most re­cently as head coach at Florida At­lantic Univer­sity. The Mor­ris’ – long­time lead­ers in the greater Boca Ra­ton area – have been ac­tive in the Boys & Girls Clubs for more than 16 years.

Join­ing the chairs in their ef­forts are com­mit­tee mem­bers: Se­nada Adzem, Dustin Bag­dasar­ian, Cher­ryl Can­non, Wil­liam Cap­peller, Vic­tor Con­cep­tion, Dami­enne DeCristo, Joey del Valle, Jonathan Duerr, Vic­tor Franco, Chris­tine Le­gris, Melissa McKin­lay, Catina Mo­ran, Shane Moser, Jil­lian Per­cella, Kristina Olsen, Britt San­ford, T.J. Scott, Kirsten Smith and Chris Tyrell. Nan­cyWilkin­son will serve as auc­tion chair­woman.

This year’s spon­sors in­clude U.S. Trust; Mer­rill Lynch Cap­peller-Marko Group; Lin­coln of Del­ray; Se­nada Adzem at Dou­glas El­li­man Real Es­tate; Royal PalmWealth Man­age­ment Group of UBS Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Inc.; Sig­na­ture Con­sul­tants; The GEO Group Inc.; Lou La Vie; Hur­ri­cane Grill & Wings; Onli Bev­er­ages; Tito’s Hand­made Vodka; and Jeff and Bon­nie Abrams.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Lisa Jones at 561-683-3287, email ljones@bgcpbc.org or visit www.bgcpbc.org.

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