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Idiot Dept: California Outlaws Casino Night Fundraisers

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 31st October 2005 10:50pm
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Casino action is a popular way to raise big money for charities. Just ask the folks who put on a recent casino night in San Jose. It was a huge benefit for EHC Lifebuilders - a non-profit that shelters the homeless.

"It raised about 40-thousand dollars last year," said Hilary Barroga of EHC Lifepartners. She says it not only raised money for the program, but people had fun doing it. "Poker is the in fun thing right now, and we wanted to capture what people were into, and bring a new demographic into our donor base."

That's why another San Jose group planned a "Texas Hold 'em" poker tournament to raise money to build a children's storytime area at the new Almaden Library.

But "Hold 'em" turned to "Hold it!" when the Attorney General's office came calling.

"We found out that we could not hold our Texas Hold 'Em tournament and they sent us a letter saying that what we were going to do was illegal," said Rich De La Rosa with the Almaden Business Association. "It was a shock, because it's done so much. Casino nights, poker nights are held by schools, churches, law enforcement agencies."



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