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Casino Night to benefit Gracie Center

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 10:23 a.m. CST
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A casino night fundraiser Saturday will benefit The Gracie Center and its programs aimed at improving the lives of adults with disabilities. Participating is The Popup Shop, a mobile popcorn stand that can be found at local festivals and events.

The Gracie Center will host a Casino Night at 6 p.m. Saturday to help support programs aimed at improving the lives of DeKalb County adults with disabilities.

The event, which will be held in the Terrace Room of the DeKalb Park District’s facility at Hopkins Park, will feature risk-free casino games such as craps, roulette, black jack and poker, as well as bingo and silent auctions. The evening will include a baked potato bar with all of the fixings and a cash bar.

Tickets cost $25 at the door and include $50 in fun-money for gaming.

The event will help support the Gracie Center’s programing for adults in DeKalb County who have developmental disabilities. The organization provides regular classes that provide participants will life skills and experiences that will help improve their quality of life.

The nonprofit organization’s most high-profile undertaking is the Popup Shop, a mobile popcorn stand that can be found at local festivals and events. The Crew, as participants are called, are involved in the business from seed-to-sale. Last year, working in cooperation with DeKalb Community Gardens, they planted, tended, harvested and hand-shelled the popcorn that will be sold this year. At events, they prepare, package and sell several different flavors of popcorn.

For more information on The Gracie Center, visit TheGracieCenter.org.

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