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‘Casino Royale’ Raises $10,000 for Homeless Children

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Casino Royale event evidenced great success on February 8, packing a ballroom at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly with guests eager to support education in Fairfax County.

CasinoRoyale13 Web-0994Chamber members, sponsors, and Fairfax County Public School educators enjoyed the evening, raising more than $10,000 for homeless children in Fairfax County and honoring seven area educators who were presented with the chamber’s Educator of the Year Award.

“It is an exceptional moment when meeting needs and filling voids in our community intersects with providing an evening of fun for so many people,” said Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce President Eileen Curtis.

Presented by Title Sponsor Kaiser Permanente, the evening featured elegant fare, dancing, a silent auction, and state-of-the-art blackjack tables, roulette wheels, and craps tables.

“Casino Royale was a fantastic event … Kaiser Permanente was extremely proud to be a sponsor,” said Kaiser Permanente Spokesperson Matt Chubb.

With four medical facilities within 10 miles of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and 1,800 employees based in Fairfax County, “anytime we can be a part of helping to give back to the Dulles Community, Kaiser Permanente wants to be a part of that,” Chubb said.

Much to the delight of organizers, the event was once again hosted by Westfields Marriott, strengthening the first class atmosphere of the evening’s entertainment with its stylish surroundings and exceptional service.

CasinoRoyale13 Web-0934To kick off the event, seven area teachers received the chamber’s Educator of the Year Award, including Whitney Branisteanu from Dranesville Elementary School, Hallie Case from Herndon Middle School, Barbara Clougherty from Chantilly High School, Jen Howe from Chantilly Academy, Jeff Jones from Mountain View High School, Cheryl McGovern from Herndon Elementary School, Kelly Mosgrove from Ormond Stone Middle School, Amy Balint from Centreville High School, and Kay Ward from Liberty Middle School.

These honored educators also received a commendation from Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th), presented by a representative from his office, praising them for their exceptional effort and achievement.

Many guests placed their safest bet of the evening by purchasing a brick, door, window, or roof tile to help build a digital brick house. For each purchase, 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Fairfax County Public Schools Homeless Liaison Office, which supports the more than 2,000 homeless children in the county.
Doubling guests’ money, an anonymous donor matched all of the evening’s digital house purchases, bringing the total donations for homeless children in Fairfax County to more than $10,000.

“We are thrilled at the outpouring of tangible and immediate support by our members and guests, and honored to facilitate such an incredible gesture of goodwill toward these children and the Fairfax County Public Schools,” Curtis said.

In addition to the money raised to benefit homeless children in Fairfax County, the evening also saw $6,000 raised for STEM Scholarships through a generous donation by Systems Furniture Gallery.

CasinoRoyale13 Web-0945“It was thrilling to see that we not only accomplished our goals, but were able to double the donations,” said Premier Realty Group Vice President Gina Poindexter, who served as chair of the Casino Royale Committee and was instrumental in organizing the evening and bringing about its success.

“The Dulles Regional Chamber is the strongest community-involved chamber I have ever been associated with,” Poindexter said. “It gives me great satisfaction to know I helped make a difference in children’s lives … and that is what giving is really about, helping others.”

Sponsors for the evening included Title Sponsor Kaiser Permanente, Host Sponsor Westfields Marriott, STEM Sponsor Systems Furniture Gallery, Entertainment Sponsor Fantasy World Entertainment, Educator Sponsor Infinity QS, Music Sponsor Talk of the Town, and Valet Sponsor Horizon Consulting.

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