Metro Magazine Signs On As Major Sponsor For “Blue Tie Casino Night”

February 23, 2010 (NEW BERN, NC) – RHA Howell, Inc. is pleased to announce that Raleigh Metro Magazine, the city-regional monthly magazine with coverage from the Triangle region to the coast of North Carolina, has become the first Platinum Sponsor for Blue Tie Casino Night, a major fundraising event to be held in New Bern, NC, on April 17th. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit children and adults with disabilities.

The Platinum Sponsorship level is worth $5000. The magazine’s in-kind donation is a full-page, color advertisement for the event in its March edition.

Metro’s editor and publisher Bernie Reeves is well-known for supporting a variety of charitable efforts through the magazine and its website, including Heroes of Hope, an organization that raises public awareness and funds for brain tumor research.

“We are always grateful for support from our sponsors, but especially this year in a difficult economy and because of devastating cuts in our funding,” said Debbie Valentine, RHA Howell’s marketing and special events planner. “The extreme generosity of Metro Magazine is an example of how we can all work together to open the world to people 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.

The event will take place in the main ballroom of the Hilton River Front Hotel in New Bern and include music, fine food, signature drinks and a host of non-cash-prize casino-style games, such as Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette.

The night will also feature a silent and live auction. The live auction will give party-goers a chance to bid on five major entertainment packages ranging from a Fighter Pilot for a Day experience to a Girlfriends Shopping Getaway in New York City.

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 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.

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

For more information on Raleigh Metro Magazine, go to

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, visit us at or join us on our Face book page.

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