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When searching for ideas on how to arrange a company fundraising event, or to get inspiration for your next themed party, you may run into the concept of a "Monte Carlo" or "Casino Night". Let me assure you, it's not about a trip to Monte Carlo so keep on reading!
It's also not about trying to win money from a casino, instead, we are actually talking about exquisite ways of hosting a fundraiser event in a true Monte Carlo style, with casino glamour and all, but in your own backyard, if you so wish. Also referred to as "Casino Nights", these gaming themes events are very popular for both organizers and guests. While collecting money for a good cause, the charity organization plans an event allowing the guests to experience the thrills of playing at a Blackjack or Poker table with a professional croupier – minus the trip to Vegas.
Casino Fundraisers host game tables identical to the ones found in brick-and-mortar casinos, along with the professional dealers and croupiers, but with no real money transactions ever being involved. The purpose of the event is for guests to donate money and support the good cause of the event.
From Celebrity Casino Nights to Low Budget Alternatives
Featuring red carpet entrances, event photographers, world-renowned DJs with performing artists, engaging casino games, raffles, prizes, and tasty culinary bites, Celebrity Monte Carlo Events are glamorous fundraising events celebs from all over the world want an invitation for. Eva Longoria's yearly Casino Night in San Antonio is the signature gala for her organization Eva's Heroes and is often mentioned as one of the most successful examples of gaming fundraising. Inspired by the success of the celebrity casino events, Casino Nights, have also proven to be successful for smaller fundraising events, weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events.
With the help of professional casino party specialists, a charity event, or party, can be fully catered for with real table games, professional dealers, custom made casino chips and fun prizes. For wedding or corporate events with a higher budget, one can strive for a luxury Monte Carlo style with several different table games to choose from, professional photography, luxury gifts and personal event hosts that will make sure the guests are fully entertained during the event. For smaller events, one can focus on one type of table games that most guests will enjoy, for example, Roulette or Blackjack. A low budget alternative for smaller parties or gatherings, with or without the fundraising, can be a DYI casino night party and there are lots of ideas on Pinterest!
How To Organize Your Own Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser
While the idea of hosting such an event on your own might sound overwhelming at first, there should be plenty of people who will be more than happy to lend you a hand. All you have to do is ask for support and start looking for sponsors, places to host the event and people who can help you with the logistics. You may need to get in touch with a casino event organizer to provide you with a few poker or blackjack tables, a roulette wheel, chips, and even personal hosts, dealers, and croupiers.
For a fundraiser event, you will need to consider everything from who to invite, catering arrangements and how you will handle the donations made by your guests. There are a few important factors to consider before you even start with the actual event planning. The first thing on the list will be to decide if;
To host a small, private casino night fundraiser event, with close friends, neighbors, and coworkers or,
To organize a public Monte Carlo event, personally invited or open to anyone interested
Monte Carlo events can be organized for groups of all sizes so the size largely depends on the budget available and your ambitions. You need to have a clear idea of the purpose of your event and of the results you want. The nature of the organization, or cause, you choose to support will determine many aspects of your planning. You also need to consider how to get your guests involved. If your event is in support of a local organization or need, like the local school or food bank, it is usually easier to get locals involved than when you try to raise funds for a worldwide organization that protects the environment or cleans the oceans of the world. You will have to find suitable channels, like local newspapers and Facebook groups, to advertise the upcoming event. Lastly, but most importantly, you need to consider how you will handle the money being donated during the event. You may opt for a low or high cost of per ticket depending on the nature and demographics of the specific event.
Monte Carlo fundraiser nights are glamorous events worth organizing thanks to their powerful impact on local communities. Gaming is a popular theme and casino nights are legal to organize as you stick to these guidelines and let your guests gamble with play-money.
We hope this article can inspire you to host your own casino night fundraiser event for your local community!
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