CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- On Saturday night, July 23, the Central Valley Duke Club Chapter (spanning Staunton to Charlottesville) hosted the area's first JMU Casino Night. The event sold out its allotment of 60 tickets, which was capped because of facility and gaming space. Forest Lakes housing community in north Charlottesville hosted the event. Alumni and friends of JMU came out for fun night of gaming, food and drinks, a silent auction, door prizes and more.
Casino2U, a gaming company in the Charlottesville, provided the night's entertainment, as patrons were engaged with games of blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps. Starr Hill provided the beer and barbecue was provided by Hen and Bacon. It all came together for a festive night that was sprinkled with joyous shouts of the lucky as well as groans of the unlucky. All proceeds went to support student-athlete scholarships and the general operating budget for JMU Athletics. Rob Neil, Central Valley Duke Club Chapter President and primary organizer of the event, was pleased with the night's results.
"I think it is safe to say our Duke Club Casino Night surpassed everyone's expectations," Neil said afterward. "The gaming company requested to extend the event an extra hour because their employees were having such a great time working. We have been holding viewing parties for away games and specialty events like A Night with Mickey Matthews and Casino Night every few months to both raise scholarship funds for our athletes and increase the pride and awareness of JMU athletics in Central Virginia.
"Our local club has grown exponentially over the past year and Casino Night was our first sold-out event with having to turn people away the day of due to fire code," Neil continued. "We strive to provide a great value for our guests in everything we do. I hope you will join us for our next fun gathering, and make sure to reserve your ticket before we sell out again!"