Southern Heartland hosts casino fundraiser for arts

COVINGTON - Monte Carlo may seem like a world away, but for one night, it will be in your own backyard.

For the second year, Southern Heartland Arts Inc. is hosting Monte Carlo for the Arts, a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit organization's instructional and mission statement funds.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the event facility at the Porterdale Mill Lofts, located at 1100 Main St. in Porterdale.

Guests will be handed play money when they arrive for the casino games, as well as two drink tickets.

A full dinner, including prime rib, chicken, potatoes, salad, dessert and tea, will be served.

A silent art auction will be ongoing throughout the night. A live auction, with items up for grabs like a trip to Antigua, beach and golf get-aways and hand-painted furniture, will conclude the evening.

The event is expected to end by about 10 p.m.

The fundraising goal this year is $15,000, said Susan Wahl of Southern Heartland Arts Inc.

The money will benefit the organization's instructional fund, which provides scholarships to local seniors and other students with an interest in visual arts, and also pays for classroom instruction for under served children and adults. Most recently, the fund paid for continuing art classes for a local teenager who was going to have to give up her art classes after her father lost his job, Wahl said.

"When people are losing their jobs and times are economically tight, money for extracurricular activities for adults and particularly children are the ones that suffer," Wahl said.

The fundraiser also pays for exhibits and shows put on by the Guild, such as the Artful Harvest art show held last fall, which attracted artists from throughout the state.

"We feel it helps draw guests to Covington and Newton County," Wahl said.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person or $200 to sponsor a table.

The deadline for reservations is Jan. 29.

For reservations or for more information, contact Wahl at 770-464-0064.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.