A fun way to raise funds for your favourite charity is to organize a Casino Night. Casino Nights take a bit of organizing and there are a few points that need to be taken into consideration.
- The Law. Check with your local authority as to the regulations as to what you can and cannot do. These regulations will vary from place to place.
- Find a Venue. You will need to find a venue that is big enough to house the casino equipment and have room for reasonable number of guests. Local community halls can be a good place.
- Casino Hire. You will need to hire some casino equipment. A good place to look for this is the Internet. Shop around for the best price.
- Croupiers. One or more croupiers will be needed. There are many people that offer croupier services for this type of event and their fees can be quite reasonable. Again, a good place to look for these services is the Internet.
- Date and Time. A date and time will have to be set for the event. This should be far enough in the future to enable you to promote the event and sell enough tickets.
- Prizes. As legally chips cannot be cashed in for real money, you will need some prizes. You could buy the prizes but better still is to get people and local businesses to donate prizes. At the end of the event the prizes can be distributed to the winners.
- Set the Ticket Price. This is where you will have to do your sums. The idea is to raise as much funds for your charity as possible. Use the 25:25:50 ratio to work out the ticket price, 25% to cover casino costs, 25% to cover purchasing prizes and 50% for the charity. The simple way to do this is to first calculate the total cost of the venue, casino hire and croupiers. Multiply this by 4 and divide the answer by the number of guests you expect to attract. This will give the individual ticket price.
- Promote the Event. It is now time to promote the event. Use every means possible to promote it. Local press, local radio, posters in strategic places etc. Make sure the tickets are easily available. You may be able to persuade local shops to act as outlets for the tickets.
- Dress Code. To make the event feel as authentic as possible you might be a good idea to set a dress code. Try to get your guests to arrive dressed as though they were attending a real casino.