Chips in for Boys & Girls Clubs

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester will host “Casino Night” on Friday, January 25 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester.

Event Chair Bart Chacchia and Club alum Chip King discussed the event Wednesday during News 8 at Noon.

“This is our fourth annual and it’s been growing each year,” said Chacchia. “We’re really excited about the growth. We hope it continues. I think I’m justified to say that it’s definitely the funnest event that we put on and we hope it continues to be a fun event for everybody in attendance.”

“Casino Night” attracts people who enjoy gaming, and that includes the younger crowd. “What I like about it is it’s an opportunity, unlike a gala, to really have an opportunity to talk amongst each other,” said King. “You don’t have to wear a suit and tie. It’s more, you know, let your hair down, come play some games, have a couple of drinks and give to a great organization.”

Attendees are playing for prizes, not cash. Gaming chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets. In addition to the gaming, there will be a strolling supper, silent auction and raffle prizes.

Chacchia is also a Board Member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester. “I believe the Club puts on four events a year and relies very heavily on each one of them for a significant amount of its operating revenues.”

When it comes to those programs, King highlighted three that he feels are making a big difference for Club members. “Accelerated Reading is one, which helps – obviously – with reading. STEM is another which helps with math and science, and then Sports just to help with leadership skills. So those are the big three that I think are really great programs at the Club that help the youth get to the next level.”

Oppenheimer Funds is the presenting sponsor. For tickets and more information, visit and click on “Events” when you get there.

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