Las Vegas Gets a 50's Twist at Greater Philadelphia Casino Night to Benefit Free South Jersey Clinic for Children with No Health Insurance

Marlton, NJ – The Children’s Healthcare Foundation of South Jersey (CHF)makes children a winner in every hand at “Viva Las Vegas! 3rd Casino Night/Auction Gala,” on Friday, October 29, 2004, at the Mansion on Main Street, Voorhees, NJ, with doors opening at 6:30pm for VIP guests and 7pm for the general public. The fundraiser benefits programs and services for the health and well being of South Jersey children, including a one-of-a-kind healthcare clinic for children with no health insurance and a program that provides ow/no cost vision services to children with no insurance. Enjoy a night of the most popular casino games in the country, spirits and food, live entertainment and prizes - all to help children who need it most.

Festivities will transport attendees to a “vintage Vegas casino” where they
can play poker, black jack, roulette, slot machines and craps, as well as
enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, vintage Vegas martinis, Hollywood
cocktails, dessert and coffee. Live entertainment includes a special tribute
to Elvis by famed entertainer Michael O’Connor performing “Reflections of
Legend.” Other themed entertainment includes vintage Vegas music, 50’s
cigarette girls, Vegas showgirls, a silent auction, contests, souvenir
pictures in Marilyn Monroe’s movie corner, and caricature portraits in a
vintage Vegas or 50’s/60’s settings by Barbara Thornton…Art.

Prizes to be awarded or sold in the auction include the grand prize of a
golf/ski weekend for the family at a choice of destinations around the
United States valued between $800-$1,000. A complete list of auction items
is available at A sample of prizes includes
box seats to the Philadelphia 76’ers, autographed sports memorabilia, opera
tickets, a VIP Disney on Ice package, super box seats to the circus, six
months of delivered flowers, spa and hair packages, restaurant gift
certificates, a Pocono’s getaway and Elvis collector’s limited edition

“Casino night transports audiences into our own specially created casino –
where vintage Vegas gets a 50’s and 60’s twist!” said Executive Director
Kory Michael Aversa. “Join the stars and legends of yesterday and help us
raise critical dollars to bring critical medical and vision services to
children who have no health insurance, no financial means and no where else
to turn.”

Since 1986, more than $440,000 has been awarded by the CHF in grants,
programs and services. Proceeds from “Viva Las Vegas” benefit general CHF
programs and services, as well as grants to the Pediatric Healthcare
Outreach Program (HOP) and Camden Eye Center’s “Sight First for Kids.” The
Pediatric HOP Clinic, in association with Cooper University Hospital, is a
free pediatric clinic supported by volunteer medical students and pediatric
attendings/ residents of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Camden.
It is the only clinic of its type in the Camden area to provide pediatric
care free-of-charge to those in Camden without health insurance. The clinic
provides not only healthcare, but also medications. The CHF is the primary
financial collaborator on this project.

The “Sight First for Kids” program is a comprehensive program for children
up to eighteen years old. Free eye care services, examinations, treatments
and prescription eye wear are provided for eligible children from
underserved, low income and uninsured families in Camden City, Camden County
and surrounding areas. The “Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)” program component of the
“Sight First for Kids” program, has reached over 7,000 children ages six
months thru six years during the last three years in an effort to detect
this childhood vision disorder that is the primary cause of vision
impairment, monocular vision impairment in children.

“Viva Las Vegas!” is presented by the CHF, with support from sponsors: Acorn
Dental Associates, PA; Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford,
Cicalese, Wilson & Co.; Bob Meyer Communities; and the Children’s Regional
Hospital at Cooper University Hospital. In-kind support is being provided by
the Mansion on Main Street, Whole Foods Market, The Trend/ The Journal and .

Tickets are $75, or $100 for the event, preview party and souvenir. Young
professional tickets are available for those 32 and under, and cost $65, or
$90 for the event, preview party and souvenir. Packages of ten tickets,
signage and a full-page ad are available for $1,750. Ticket and ad forms are
available by visiting, calling Executive
Director Kory Michael Aversa at (856) 983-3308 or emailing
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