Casino Night brings in $124,000+ for GMCC

- Posted on Mar 13, 2019 - 01:14 PM

Photo: Vicky Gunn, vice president of the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic’s board of directors, is surrounded by friends and family at Saturday’s 14th annual Casino Night at the Abingdon Ruritan Club building in Bena, an event that brought it more than $124,000 for the clinic. Enjoying the evening are, from left, Lynette Sawyer, Cindy Gunn, Vicky Gunn, Becky White and Chris Andrews. Photo by Linda Tjossem

Vicky Gunn, vice president of the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic’s board of directors, is surrounded by friends and family at Saturday’s 14th annual Casino Night at the Abingdon Ruritan Club building in Bena, an event that brought it more than $124,000 for the clinic. Enjoying the evening are, from left, Lynette Sawyer, Cindy Gunn, Vicky Gunn, Becky White and Chris Andrews. Photo by Linda Tjossem

Photo: Revelers root on their favorite horse, one of the many games of chance at Saturday’s Casino Night at the Abingdon Ruritan Club. While the attendees were only playing for play money, the real winner was the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic, which raised more than $124,000 in its signature fundraiser. Photo by Linda Tjossem

Revelers root on their favorite horse, one of the many games of chance at Saturday’s Casino Night at the Abingdon Ruritan Club. While the attendees were only playing for play money, the real winner was the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic, which raised more than $124,000 in its signature fundraiser. Photo by Linda Tjossem

The Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic’s 14th annual Casino Night held Saturday night was the most successful yet, and was able to bring in over $124,000 for patient care for uninsured adults. There was also a sold-out crowd at the event, which was held at the Abingdon Ruritan Club, Bena.

Those who attended were able to enjoy delicious food, casino-style gambling, a live and silent auction and many raffle prizes, according to Arlene Armentor, the clinic’s executive director. She said food was donated and prepared by volunteers and local restaurants, including the Courthouse Restaurant, Hardee’s, Juan’s Mexican Café and Cantina, Olivia’s in the Village, Nick’s at Shacklefords, Riverwalk Restaurant, Shelly’s Catering, Sweet Madeleine’s, and Tony and Milena’s.

Major supporters of the event included Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management, Cindy Gunn and Chris Andrews, the AAPI of Hampton Roads, Dominion Energy, Ferguson, and Ann Quinn. Armentor said there were 98 other sponsors and over 125 auction and raffle prize donors.

“This was an incredible united effort by our community,” said Louise Theberge, president of the clinic’s board of directors. “We have a small army of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to put it all together, and the committed support of our sponsors and community health partners makes for an event that everyone really enjoys attending. We are so grateful to our community for helping us provide care for those who need us. It was truly a fun night—a great time for the worthiest cause.”