Community can try its luck at school casino fundraiser
Money collected will help with Little Flower’s operating costs and expenses
Parents are hoping the community will try its luck at a casino night fundraiser to benefit Little Flower School in Great Mills, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Organizers hope to raise at least $10,000 for the private Catholic school affiliated with the Archdiocese of Washington.
Along with the casino night, a variety of other fundraisers are scheduled throughout the year to bring in money for the elementary/middle school.
Cash collected through fundraisers helps to offset costs, like teacher salaries, not covered by tuition and funding provided by the archdiocese.
Little Flower is one of four Catholic elementary/middle schools that receive funding through the Washington archdiocese.
Fundraisers help “keep the school alive,” said Lindsay Sipos of Leonardtown, parent of two students at the school. Working with the Seventh District Optimist Club, parents are scheduled to bring in games like craps, roulette and blackjack. She said a raffle and other ways to win cash will also be available.
The event offers parents and other adults the chance to “come and play and have a good time” and learn the games, said Carrianne Downey of Scotland, parent to four children at the school.
She said event coordinators are seeking up to 80 adults to volunteer for the event. “You don’t have to have a kid [at the school] to volunteer,” she said, adding her husband volunteered last year as a blackjack dealer.
Sipos said the event is open to those 21 and older, and tickets are available at the door for $7 each. She said attendees can then buy as many chips as they want to play with. Food and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase at the event, too.
“It’s really fun,” she said.
Sipos said she loves the school and likes the small classroom sizes.
“It’s a good environment,” she said. Casino night attendees can “do some good for the school” while having fun, Sipos added.
There are currently 140 students enrolled at Little Flower School, and about 80 families to coordinate the variety of fundraiser throughout the year, including weekly Wednesday night bingo games, the annual August auction and the annual purse bingo held the Friday before Mother’s Day.
Parents “put a lot of time in” to support the school, through organizing events, volunteering and participating in an advisory board that guides the school, she said.
See www.facebook.com/pg/littleflowercatholic/events/?ref=page_internal for more information about events at Little Flower School.