The Montgomery Club welcomed Namaste Charter School’s Lucky Flames Casino Night for the first time on October 6, 2017. With excitement and buzz over a new venue, guests braved the stormy weather and eagerly arrived to see what the evening had in store.
Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by the Deep Eddy Betty Models with a Lucky Flame inspired welcome cocktail consisting of Deep Eddy Peach Vodka, soda, and a splash of grenadine. Then it was on to an evening of fun! Guests enjoyed charitable gambling at the Rivers casino tables including blackjack, craps, and roulette to have a chance at winning prizes including White Sox tickets, $200 to Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, and a Local Foods Gift Basket to name a few. In addition, guest were able to purchase raffle tickets for a 1 in 52 chance to win two tickets to Broadway’s hit musical, Hamilton, and bid on over 50 items such as a seven night stay at Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua or Chicago Blackhawks & Bulls tickets in the silent auction.
Despite the fun had throughout the evening, nothing could have topped the live presentation which started off with a live auction for an in-home dining experience for twelve with Chef Michael Kornick. Attendees hands were going up in all directions to get a piece of the action which ended up going for over $4,000. As excitement and energy were in the air from the auction, Executive Director Natalie Neris took the stage with children that attend Namaste Charter School. After a heartfelt speech from Natalie, each child had the opportunity to explain why Namaste was the best school including one student who mentioned the passing of her grandparents and the fact that she felt comfortable to look to her teachers for guidance in such a tough time. Allison Slade, founder of the school, then took the stage with Natalie for a fund-in-need. With generous attendees, Namaste Charter School was able to pass their goal of $12,000 as guests were able to donate via their phones in real time!
Namaste works to change the trajectory of under-served children’s lives by providing a top-notch holistic education that integrates health and wellness programming with rigorous academics. Each Namaste practice is purposefully implemented to improve student academics, promote positive physical and mental health outcomes, and ensure student success in high school, college and beyond. Namaste Charter School is making a measurable difference in children’s lives by implementing and sharing a groundbreaking approach to education that combines health and wellness with academic rigor in a peaceful environment.
To learn more, please visit http://namastecharterschool.org/