Casino Royale Sets Fundraising Record

Submitted By: Rob Spicker

The Animal Refuge Center is proud to announce the 10th Annual Casino Royale raised a record amount of donations. Preliminary figures indicate $50,000 was raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, the live auction and raffle.

“We are thrilled the community has once again been so generous in its support of the ARC,” said Board Vice President Rob Spicker. “All the proceeds will allow us to continue providing care to cats and dogs in Southwest Florida, who through no fault of their own, find themselves homeless, injured or abandoned. Thank you to everyone who came and helped support our mission.”

Guests at Casino Royale played the night away at the craps, blackjack and poker tables or tried their luck at roulette. A buffet dinner was provided by the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Nine items were featured in the live auction, including two 7-night trips to Antigua. At the end of the night, guests cashed their winnings in for raffle tickets to try and win one of a dozen baskets and prizes.

This year’s Casino Royale was presented by Paul and Rosalie Watson. The next major fundraiser for the Animal Refuge Center is the Starlight Auction on November 25th at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa. Sponsorship information will be available soon at

The Animal Refuge Center is Southwest Florida’s largest no-kill shelter. Our philosophy avows that once an animal is accepted for adoption, it will not be destroyed to make room for another. Our mission is to shelter, adopt and educate. All donations go directly to our efforts to care for and find homes for as many animals as we can.

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