Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development has created an event that combines the fun of March Madness Basketball and the excitement of casino entertainment to raise funds and awareness for the organization.
“The original idea came from a board member who thought it would be a lot of fun to have gaming and tie it in with March Madness,” HAND Director Nate Lichti said. “It was a nice grassroots idea to put this event together and we are looking for more opportunities to get our constituents together. We’ve got a lot of committees that get together to do work but it’s nice to get folks together to have a good time.”
Casino Night Event will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. March 21 at Plum Creek Golf Club, 2401 Lynnwood Blvd., Carmel. Cost is $50 per person.
“We are capping it at 150 people,” Lichti said, adding registration will likely end by March 17.
Lichti said the event will include “a bunch of card games” including black jack, poker, Texas hold ’em, craps and over-under.
“I’m not a real big gambler myself,” he said, adding that the Broad Ripple Sertoma Club will be running the gaming.
Lichti said the organization added a golf outing last year and this year is the Casino Night.
“We’re trying to build more opportunities for our friends and allies to come together and have a good time and get to know HAND a little bit better by the relationships with one another,” he said.
HAND’s mission is to addresses the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families and senior citizens in Hamilton County. HAND does this by providing affordable housing options through the development of rental properties. Lichti said proceeds from the event will underride programs for HAND’s housing projects.
“We’ve got three initiatives going on,” he said. “They are not restrictive to necessarily just the neighborhoods now. They’ll go to some of the staff time it takes to provide affordable housing.”
To register or for more information, visit www.handincorporated.org.