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"Casino Night" fundraiser set for March 6 (January 25, 2010)
Proceeds to benefit new endoscopy technology

Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation is hosting a Casino Night on Saturday, March 6 from 7-11 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church Family Life Center in Prince Frederick. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of high-definition endoscopic cameras that will enable physicians to better detect polyps and other early indications of cancer.

"Compared to conventional systems, the new technology is state-of-the-art and provides much sharper images that will aid in better diagnoses," said CMH gastroenterologist Dr. Yvonne Bright. Last year, 3,269 endoscopic procedures were performed at CMH. A major expansion of the endoscopy suite is planned for later this year to meet the high demand for this service created by the county's growing senior population.

"All bets are on 'Casino Night' for an exciting and fun evening," said Kathy Dickinson, foundation president. "No worries if you don't know how to gamble. With 'funny money' and professional croupiers who will teach you the rules of each game – all you need is a little luck."

"Casino Night is the perfect time to meet up with your coworkers, neighbors, family and friends," said Dickinson. "We've planned this evening as a great chance to get out, have a lot of fun and try something different while helping a very worthy cause."

With the purchase of a $75 ticket, participants 21 years and older can enjoy classic casino games such as blackjack, Texas Hold'em, roulette and craps while enjoying lite fare by Maryland Country Caterers, beer and wine. Guests will receive a stash of "funny money" to wager and can purchase extra if they run out of betting dough.

Many casino tables will be offering special prizes donated by sponsors from the community. There will also be a deejay spinning tunes and a surprise visit by a special guest entertainer.

At the end of the evening, guests will be able to use their winnings to buy tickets for an exciting prize raffle. Guests will be able to put their tickets in as many or as few basket drawings as they want; increasing their chances to win the one they want the most. Each prize basket is worth at least $150 and includes tempting choices like a chocolate basket, spa basket, sports basket, jewelry basket and more.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by calling the Foundation office at 410-535-8178 or by downloading an order form at The public is welcome and attire for the evening is casual.

"We're also looking for casino table and event sponsors," said Dickinson. A table can be sponsored for as little as $350 and event sponsorships run from $500 to $2,500.

For more information, please contact Dickinson or foundation members Julie Cornellier, Karen O'Brien and Cindy Parlett who are helping to organize the event.

Casino Night
Volunteers Kathy Dickinson, Cindy Parlett, Karen O’Brien and Julie Cornellier are working hard to organize the hospital's first Casino Night fundraiser to be held on March 6. Proceeds will help purchase new endoscopy technology.

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