2011-02-03 / Local & State

FCMC Casino Night Raises $5,000 For Scholarship Program

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Medical Center and Foundation executives Jason Hawkins, left, and Robert Roush try their hands at roulette at FCMC Foundation’s Casino Night. Medical Center and Foundation executives Jason Hawkins, left, and Robert Roush try their hands at roulette at FCMC Foundation’s Casino Night. The Fulton County Medical Center Foundation raised more than $5,000 as it set out to create a fun evening for those wishing to “beat the winter blues,” and it achieved just that with its new Casino Night event held Saturday, January 29, according to event attendees. Particpant Valeri Centi said she loved the event and that she was, “looking forward to casino nights again and whatever new (happening) you guys pull out of your hat.”

About 160 community members attended, including Foundation Board Chair Spence Perry. “ We have achieved critical mass for future success,” he said.

Event attendees purchased a ticket and received “funny money” to use to play the games, and ample delicious foods for the purchase price. Participants could then choose from games like blackjack, Texas hold ‘em, slot machines and roulette.

At the end of the evening, those still holding game chips received tickets to enter a prize drawing. Prizes included a Great Cove Golf Club membership; an Apple iPad; a bed and breakfast getaway from Crampton Manor, Bollman Travel and the Butcher Shoppe; a Hollywood Casino basket, and a certificate for an original watercolor home painting. Winners included Scott Alexander, Tammy Barnes, Nicole Earley, Brent Gustaf, Mary Hancock and Rick Truax. Top game winners included Bill and Julie Dovey and Scott and Valerie Alexander.

Robert Roush, FCMC Foundation’s executive director, said, “Tonight’s net proceeds benefit our healthcare scholarship fund. This fund is used to provide education scholarship money to area students pursuing and interested in pursuing healthcare degrees. We are still in the midst of a nursing shortage, and in nine years, the physician shortage is expected to be critical. We want to be sure future healthcare workers are encouraged to return and practice in Fulton County.”

For more information or to receive a scholarship application, please call the Foundation office at 717-485-6116.

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