Proceeds to benefit Promise in Brevard
By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Get ready to ante up, all for a great cause.
On Saturday, April 26, Promise in Brevard will host its inaugural "Casino Night," a special gala event, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in Cocoa.
Featuring dozens of classic, Vegas-styled casino games, as well as a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and hors d'oeuvres, Casino Night promises to be a fantastic evening, full of adventure and excitement.
All proceeds raised during Casino Night will be used to help build Promise in Brevard, a safe, enjoyable and affordable housing concept in West Melbourne, where individuals with and without special needs can live, work and thrive.
Promise in Brevard is the dream-turned-reality of Betsy Farmer, whose son and co-founder, Luke, has Down syndrome.
In order to gain more support and funding, Ms. Farmer has encouraged Brevard County residents to host fundraising events of their own to benefit the nonprofit.
Rose Basso-Davis, the mother of a future Promise resident, has heeded Ms. Farmer's call by creating Casino Night, which she hopes will become an annual event.
"Promise is a long-time dream of many," Mrs. Basso Davis said. "Our ultimate goal is to provide a much needed housing choice of our cherished family members with special needs."
For $50 per individual, attendees to the inaugural Casino Night will be able to test their wit and luck, while playing Craps, Roulette, Slots, Black Jack and Texas Hold 'Em.
Those, who buy tickets for $100 per couple, will receive an additional $100 in free Promise gaming dollars.
There will also be additional Promise gaming dollars for sale.
In addition to tons of Vegas-styled games, those, who may not have the best gambling luck, may try to win some awesome items during the silent auction and 50/50 raffle.
"We have hotel and dinner packages up for grabs, as well as packages to LegoLand and Disney, Eco-Safari Adventures, multiple golf packages and much more," Mrs. Basso-Davis said.
All funds raised during Casino Night will further bolster Promise in Brevard's operating expenses.
As a future Promise family, Mrs. Basso-Davis said the future Promise campus is a dream come true.
"Because every person is different, Promise will have varying levels of support, all based on individual needs," she said. "With a sense of independence, long yearned for, Promise residents will have an inclusive, safe and fun place to live, among neighbors, who care."
Promise in Brevard will also include vocational opportunities with on-site training and continuing education for residents.
"There is no better cause than to help create an environment for these young adults with special needs," Mrs. Basso-Davis said. "These adults will soon have an opportunity to live and work in the community like all other young adults."
Promise in Brevard will host its inaugural "Casino Night" on Saturday, April 26 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at 3745 Canaveral Groves Blvd., Cocoa.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (321) 749-6245.