Friday, May 1, 2009

Casino Night at Austin CPA Chapter

We just attended the fundraiser for the Austin CPA Chapter, the Casino Night. We do this once a year to raise money for scholarships for accounting students. We have a company come in that supplies the gaming tables, dealers, and the like, and we play for poker chips. We turn the poker chips in for raffle tickets, and there are always great raffle items. There is also a silent auction, and I try to donate something but didn’t this year.

The Scholarship Fund makes money on admissions and on the silent auction. There are usually enough sponsoring companies to cover the cost of the party.
This year we had it in a different place – not a hotel, as we have had in the past, but at the Saengerrunde Hall downtown. The Saengerrunde group is a German singing club, which has been operating in Austin for many, many years, and they have a terrific facility downtown. There’s a stage, tables, a dance floor, everything nice and well-kept but casual, and in the back there’s even a small bowling alley. John had a look through the door at the bowling lanes, and I wish I’d thought of having a look. There was a fellow there from the club who was very friendly, and John had a long talk with him about the Saengerrunde society and how it all works. This was absolutely the best place we’ve had our party, in my opinion, because we had lots of room to move around and it had such a relaxing, casual atmosphere.

This year’s theme was Western, and fajitas were catered by Sholtz’ beer hall next door. It was a terrific evening. John played craps, and I played a little while. There was so much space that it was easy to gossip with friends.

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