VICTORIA – The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) is hoping to win big for children with life threatening illnesses with their charity casino even this month.
VICA will host its sixth annual charity casino event on Feb. 22 to raise money for the Help Fill a Dream Foundation.
Organizers want to exceed last year’s total of 15,000. Over the years, VICA’s casino events have raised over $50,000 for local charities.
“Of all the events we put on, this is the one I am most proud of,” said U40 Victoria chair Barclay Ellis in a press release. “Many of us in the construction community have young families and our hearts go out to parents struggling with children who have life-threatening illnesses. In the past year alone, Help Fill A Dream has raised over $750,000 and supported over 300 families. We’re proud to contribute what we can.”
Attendees should dust off their cowboy hat and spurs, as this year’s event will feature all things wild, wild west, including saloon games and a western-themed, wearable giveaway.
Attendees can try their luck at blackjack, roulette or poker. Guests will be given fake cash to gamble with but can use their own funds to bid on silent auction prizes and live auction prizes. Proceeds from ticket sales, games, sponsorship and auctions go to support the foundation.
“We’re proud of our U40 and Women in Construction networks for taking on initiatives to support local families through community partners like Help Fill A Dream,” said VICA CEO Rory Kulmala. “The charity casino brings our members together in an environment much unlike their day to day. It’s great to see the entire construction community — trade and general contractors, operations managers and labourers — all in one room contributing to the same great cause.”