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posted: 2/20/2017 12:01 AM

Fundraise the night away, Vegas style

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  • Hosting a casino party with GSH Casino Parties is a popular way to shake up the typical birthday party, holiday gathering, or corporate event.

    Hosting a casino party with GSH Casino Parties is a popular way to shake up the typical birthday party, holiday gathering, or corporate event.

 

By Colette House

Raise the stakes at your next fundraising event with GSH Casino Parties, a casino party event company that brings the excitement of Vegas nightlife directly to your event.

Hosting a casino party is a popular way to shake up the typical birthday party, holiday gathering, or corporate event. Playing the classic Vegas games like Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps brings even the shyest people out of their shell and fuels a competitive, yet friendly, atmosphere that helps form new friendships and employee bonds.

That exuberant and enthusiastic energy is exactly what companies and organizations need when hosting a fundraising event, making a casino party the perfect option. When Girard Hendelman, owner of GSH Casino Parties, was a child he said organizations would lose money at Monte Carlo-themed fundraisers because patrons would cash out their chips for real money at the end of the night. Today, Hendelman said, the focus is more on using the casino games as entertainment while silent auctions, raffles and event ticket sales cover the fundraising.

"You could do a casino theme party as a fundraiser and make your money through silent auctions and raffles, and the casino is just there for entertainment purposes," said Hendelman. "Then you can go ahead and use our staff members instead of volunteers to make it an even better experience."

Organizations can still obtain a charitable gaming license and bring in volunteer dealers to staff the tables and have guests play for real money. However, Hendelman still suggests organizations cash out chips for raffle tickets instead of money at those types of events.

GSH Casino Parties works with organizations to customize their fundraiser. Hendelman helps customers determine which games to bring in, how much fake money each player starts out with, and how organizations will reward players with the most chips.

The games can be set up to meet guests' needs and complement the venue. Gaming typically lasts three to four hours. Games can be set up outside a banquet hall and people can play when they need a break from bidding on auction items or dancing or placed inside the room, whatever best allows for guests to enjoy the entertainment.

"When we talk to people on the phone we tell them, 'Think of us as a source of entertainment and not a source of revenue,' even though we have casino-style games," said Hendelman.

Each dealer with GSH Casino Parties is professionally trained and available to educate partygoers on how to play each game. For Hendelman's part, casino games should add an element of fun to any fundraising event while dealers instruct and gives guests tips on how to play the classic Vegas games.

"Our staff aren't just dealers. They're not just going to turn over cards and collect the dice. They're going to entertain and teach people," said Hendelman. "It's just an overall better experience."

At your next fundraiser, step outside the box of a traditional dinner and bring liven up the mood with a Vegas-inspired GSH Casino Party.