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Washington Street hosts casino fundraiser

COVINGTON -- James Bond won't be there, but Washington Street Community Center's Casino Royale will still be an exciting time.

The non-profit organization is once again hosting its annual casino night fundraiser to benefit numerous programs serving children in Newton. This year's event will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center, located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway.

Organizers have set an ambitious goal of raising $45,000, money needed more than ever as county funding and other sources of money are drying up, said Vender Maddox, vice president of the Washington Street board of directors.

"We really need support. A lot of our funding sources are being cut. We desperately need to keep the community center going to serve the community and keep our level of service high. We'd like everybody to come and join us and support us and help make a better community starting with our children," she said.

Proceeds will benefit a variety of programs at Washington Street, including the highly successful After School Tutorial program, held four days a week for students in kindergarten through ninth grade; Grandparents/Kinship Care, a support program for grandparents raising grandchildren; and the Fun and Fitness, Youth Leadership Development, Theater and Drama and Boy and Girl Scout programs.

At the fundraiser, attendees will get play money to gamble with and then use their winnings to get raffle tickets for various prizes. An added bonus this year is a new contest modeled after the television show, "America's Got Talent." Acts are being sought for "Washington Street Community Center's Got Talent." Maddox said singers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and others who are interested in competing for a cash prize -- the act that earns the most votes at $1 apiece wins -- should contact her at 770-786-4002. That's also the number to call for those who want to purchase tickets, which are $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available, ranging from $250 to $4,500.

For more information on Washington Street Community Center, visit www.washingtonstreet.org.