Casino night to raise funds for baseball field for children with special needs

awoolen@macon.comAugust 15, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6605 building will turn into a mini Las Vegas on Friday.

Featuring 11 casino tables, eight slot machines, a roulette wheel and more, the Central Georgia Board of Realtors will host a fundraiser to raise money for a baseball cause at 1101 Corder Road from 7-11 p.m.

The goal is to build a “field of hope” on which all children will be able to play.

With artificial turf and level ground, the field would be designated for the Challenger League of the Warner Robins American Little League. The Challenger League is for children with special needs.

The field will be similar to one in Peachtree City, which cost $850,000, said WRALL President Mickey Lay. Peachtree City calls it the “field of dreams.”

During opening ceremonies at WRALL in March, league Lay put the cost of a field at $500,000.

When Trinette Rosales, former president of the Central Georgia Board of Realtors and now chair of the fundraising committee heard about it, she said she wanted to do something to help out.

“It’s local, and it all touches the kids here,” she said.

Rosales is also a past board member for WRALL.

During the past few months, she has passed out fliers at games as well as started a Facebook page to increase awareness of the event.

About half of the 250 printed tickets have been sold, and the sponsorships are sold out.

The $50 entry fee includes tickets for two into the casino, $500 in casino money and two drink tickets.

There will be extra casino money to buy as well for $20.

Along with casino games, there will be a silent auction as well as a DJ.

With 250 people expected, Rosales said there is space at the casino games for 100 people at a time. She said some people just like to watch, but she is not one of them.

“I am a player,” she said.

Rosales said her goal is to give at least $10,000 to the Challenger League.

The current T-ball field would be turned into the Challenger field because of its access to parking as well as being the first field people see when they go out to the park.

“We want to put them out front,” Lay said.

The fundraising is just getting started on the project since this is the first official event to raise money for the cause.

“This impacts people in a positive way,” said Lay.

For tickets, call the Central Georgia Board of Realtors at 333-2116 or 256-7653.

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