New Bern To Host First “Blue Tie Casino Night” To Benefit Children and Adults with Disabilities

February 17, 2010 (NEW BERN, NC) — The first Blue Tie Casino Night – complete with music, fine food, signature drinks, and a host of casino-style games – will be held in the main ballroom of the Hilton River Front Hotel, 100 Middle Street, New Bern, NC, on April 17th, starting at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit children and adults with disabilities.

RHA Howell, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs and their families for more than 35 years, is presenting Blue Tie Casino Night as a fundraiser benefiting children and adults at its Tar River, Greenville Group Homes, and River Bend Centers.

Blue Tie Casino Night will offer a host of non-cash prize casino games such as Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette as well as a full-service food buffet, catered by the Hilton, and an open bar.

The night will also feature a silent and live auction. The live auction will give party-goers a chance to bid on five major packages: the Jimmy Buffett Las Vegas Concert for two in October of 2010, valued at $2050; the 2011 Daytona 500 Package worth $1500; a Girlfriends Shopping Getaway in New York City worth $2400; a 2010 Halloween Weekend in New Orleans valued at $1450; and the Fighter Pilot for a Day Experience (choice of 40 locations) worth $1150.

This event is a production of All-in Entertainment, Inc., which produces similar events for NC State University’s Red & White Ball, the Carolina Hurricanes Casino Night Fundraiser for the Kids ‘n Community Foundation, Glaxo Smith Klein’s Casino Night, and the Marine Corp Ball.

Tickets to the Blue Tie Casino Night are $50 each with tables of 10 available for $400. Seating is limited. To purchase advance tickets, go to www.rhahowell.org/BlueTie.aspx or call RHA event coordinator Debbie Valentine at 919-803-2690. Preferred attire is “dressy cocktail” with an emphasis on blue rather than black tie.

Partnership opportunities are also for individuals and companies, ranging from the $500 Friends Circle to the $5000 Platinum Circle. “Blue Tie Buddy” packages are also available, including a $200 Budget Buddy designation, in-kind sponsorship and game table sponsorship, or by reserving a table for 10. For details on partnerships and Blue Tie Buddy packages, call Debbie Valentine at 919-803-2690 or email her at dvalentine@rhanet.org.

The RHA Howell Tar River Center in Greenville is a pediatric unit supporting 30 medically fragile infants and children with disabilities. The Greenville Group Homes provide quality care for children and teenagers with developmental delays and special needs. The RHA Howell River Bend Center in New Bern is home to 125 children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Proceeds from the Blue Tie Casino Night will directly benefit each person served by these programs.

For more information on RHA Howell, Inc., visit www.rhahowell.org.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.

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