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vision for a lifetime

Casino Royale,
a Party with a Purpose,
to benefit sight-saving programs
of Northern Plains Eye Foundation

The upcoming fall Casino Royale charity affair is “a party with a purpose.”  Casino Royale, slated for Friday, September 27, at the Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, will feature an evening of socializing, elegant hors d’oeuvres and desserts, casino-style fun, silent and live auctions and more to benefit the sight-saving programs of the Northern Plains Eye Foundation (NPEF). 

Casino Royale guests can challenge local “celebrity” dealers, who are donating their time at the tables to add a fun “twist,” at blackjack and Texas hold’em poker, or try their hand at the casino-style craps and roulette tables. In addition, one-of-a-kind items and packages will be offered via silent and live auction. Local auctioneer, Joe Bennington, is donating his services to work the crowd for the highest bids on the live auction’s unique experience packages, such as a seven-course private gourmet wine dinner for eight at Dakota Thyme and a “Grand” entertainment package featuring Tracy Lawrence in concert at the Deadwood Mountain Grand, or items such as hand-painted porcelain artwork, designer heart-shaped diamond earrings, or a custom-painted collectible Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel. Fans of the Rapid City Rush will have the opportunity to be guests in the Bud Light Suite, and go home with a “Pink at the Rink” Rush jersey signed and numbered by Scott Wray and a “Konrad Reeder 21” autographed puck. Plus, there is the “Man Cave” and “Diva’s Assortment.”

Proceeds from the benefit event will be dedicated to protecting and preserving vision and restoring sight for children and adults in need by way of NPEF’s community service program outreach in the Black Hills region. One key area of emphasis is children’s vision screening through the Children’s Vision Screening Initiative (CVSI). By means of partnerships with area eye care professionals and local Lions Clubs, NPEF has brought free vision screenings to over 3,000 children across our communities since 2008. “Almost twelve percent of the children we screen have some type of vision problem,” said Ronda Gusinsky, NPEF’s Executive Director. “Oftentimes, with timely diagnosis and appropriate intervention, many children’s vision problems can be successfully treated.” If these problems go undetected, childhood development, learning performance, social-emotional behavior and academic achievement can be adversely affected. 

In addition to supporting CVSI, funds raised at Casino Royale will go to NPEF’s Christmas Gift of Sight and Workplace Vision Wellness programs, as well as its Dr. Paul L. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship. Christmas Gift of Sight has provided almost twenty sight-saving surgeries, helping individuals in our community regain not only their vision, but more importantly, independence, mobility and quality of life. Workplace Vision Wellness,NPEF’s newest program, offers a seminar on workplace eye safety for the construction and trades industries covering topics such as workplace eye hazards, types of eye protection and what to do in the case of an eye injury. Through the Dr. Paul L. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship, NPEF awards scholarships to fourth year students with an expressed interest in ophthalmology or optometry, who have been accepted into the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. 

If you would like more information on Casino Royale, or wish to view the complete auction collection or RSVP, click on Casino Royale on the upper right corner of this page, or contact NPEF at (605) 716-6733. A donation of $35 is suggested at the door.

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