There couldn’t have been a more perfect day to host Chicago Gateway Green’s annual Gaming for Green Poker and Casino Night. At a beautiful 73 degrees, the presenting sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Chicago, had a seductive all white AMG C63s convertible parked on the lawn of the outdoor patio. The vehicle sparked the curiosity of guests and lead them to the display of luxury vehicles parked outside of the patio where guests could sign up to take a test drive in the Mercedes-Benz vehicle of their choice. Aspire Energy and Cutwater Spirits provided a variety of cocktails for guests to sample as well. Rounding out the courtyard experience, there were two decked out furniture lounges by Roy’s Furniture Lounge where guests enjoyed smoking complimentary COHIBA Cigars while listening to the live music of SunFallen.
Before starting the highly anticipated poker tournament, guests were able to enjoy complimentary cocktails served by the Deep Eddy Vodka Betty’s and a full buffet from Galleria Marchetti. The buffet featured many mouthwatering options including fresh buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and basil, a full antipasto spread of select meats and cheeses, pasta with fresh marinara sauce, a pesto chicken dish, and much more. Guests quenched their thirst with beverages provided by MillerCoors, Heaven Hill, The Wine Group, and Deep Eddy. After dinner, everyone gathered around as Channel 5’s Meteorologist and the evening’s Emcee, Alicia Roman, introduced Gateway Green’s own Lindsay Mackey who took the stage to thank sponsors and give a brief introduction to the impact that the organization has had on the community. The poker tournament then kicked off, where over 200 poker players came to battle it out for top prizes including a seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Other prizes included a stay at Caesars Palace, round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines, and an exotic supercar driving experience.
With poker underway and guests continuing to enjoy the outdoor entertainment, the blackjack, craps, and roulette tables were bustling with guests looking to win one of the evening’s exciting raffle prizes in the casino sponsored by Rivers. This year guests had a chance to win Chicago Bears tickets, a pair of Green Tie Ball tickets, various restaurant packages, Kendra Scott Jewelry, and much more! They could also put their bids down in the premium silent auction to win one of ten prizes such as a Chicago Staycation with Helicopter or Boat excursion options, a once in a lifetime opportunity to work behind the counter at the infamous Wiener’s Circle, or a beauty bash for 10 guests.
The evening wrapped up with the opportunity to roast marshmallows over the stone fireplaces on the patio, late night pizzas, and Damien Silver taking home first place in the poker tournament!
Gateway Green is a leader in urban beautification and green projects that have a positive environmental and aesthetic impact on Chicago. Their sustainable landscaping, litter removal, planting native plants on hundreds of acres along transportation corridors help to improve air quality, protect the water, and restore the beauty of Chicago.
For more information, please visit: http://www.gatewaygreen.org/