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Gamble for kids

Nicole Frey

EDWARDS – Gambling is a painful addiction for three to 17 million Americans, said Phil Scherer with the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery. For everyone else, it’s a harmless and fun pastime. For those who fall into the latter category, Casino Night 2006 offers a fun-filled evening of blackjack, roulette, craps and Texas hold ’em. “People call it the biggest end-of-the-season party,” said Sandy Brown, director of the Family Learning Center, who is helping coordinate the event. The 53 gaming tables should provide nonstop action, but that’s not all Casino Night will offer. If Lady Luck isn’t on your side Friday night, take a break to check out the silent auction, or shop for items that don’t require bidding. All the proceeds from Casino Night will benefit local preschools. “These programs are largely under-funded,” said Kari Corbin who works with early childhood programs. “And they’re so critical because 90 percent of brain development happens before a child turns 5.”Early childhood program funding may even rank higher than money for higher education in Corbin’s book, she said.Even though preschools collect tuition, it’s not enough to operate the schools, Brown said. “Our tuition is below the cost of operating the school so we can be family-friendly,” she said. “We need as many people as we can get there to help out. I’m looking for a great time out. Everybody comes ready to party and have some fun.”Who’s it helping?All proceeds will benefit the following preschools.- Children’s Garden of Learning- Family Learning Center- Mountain Tots Pre-School- Nurturing with Nature- Pooh Corner Preschool- Prater Lane Child Care- Vail Child CareWhat’s happening?Casino Night 2006 is set for Friday at the Marriott’s Vail Mountain Resort grand ballroom. Doors open at 7 p.m. and gaming tables open at 8 p.m. There will be a silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Food will be served and a cash bar will be open until midnight. Tickets are available at local pre-schools for $20 and $25 at the door. Admission buys $400 in gaming chips. Dealers neededCasino Night still needs a few more dealers to run the gaming tables. Call Angela at 476-1281 to volunteer. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado


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