I've seen this banner for a few weeks and shook my head at it every time. It seems sort of silly and sad all at one time. I'm not really against gambling, it's just not something I actively participate in. I don't even buy the scratch off lottery tickets. Supposedly, the funds from our state lottery are funneled into the schools. I don't see that showing up as a line item in our district's budget--"An additional $10,000 given by the State Lottery Commission". The fact that our town is raising money for the Educational Foundation by having a Casino Night seems like it's sending the wrong message to those that are being educated---our kids. I know, I know, it's for a good cause and they were just trying to come up a new fundraising idea. Folks tire of silent auctions for baskets full of things they don't really want. Heck, they'll be saving me from gaining weight by not trying to sell me those fundraising cookies (which are great eaten frozen, right out of the box).
I won't be attending this particular fundraiser. Not because I don't support the education in our town, but because I don't want my kids to think that gambling is something that's fun. I've know there are too many folks that can't afford to lose even a dollar on a scratch off card, but buy them anyway.