Namaste Charter School celebrated their 6th annual Lucky Flames Casino Night returning to The Montgomery Club on November 9, 2018. Guests were excited to return to the venue for the second time and enjoy a great evening supporting the school and its fundraising efforts.
As guests arrived to the beautifully decorated venue, they were able to enjoy cocktails from the open bar courtesy of Cutwater Spirits and MillerCoors. Passed appetizers were also available upon arrival including seared tuna wontons, caprese skewers, margherita flatbread and mini crab cakes. On top of the delicious appetizers guests also enjoyed a Gibsons dinner buffet with a slider station including filet mignon, grilled chicken and pulled pork sliders, a mac & cheese station and a sweets table with many dessert options.
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 a Google Home, White Sox tickets, and $200 to Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House just to name a few. There was also an extraordinary silent auction with over 40 items guests could bid on including a Las Vegas Vacation package, Elite Island Resort trips to the Caribbean, beauty packages with hair and nail certificates, and a West Loop Chicago Staycation!
Guests then took a break from the fun casino games and mingling with friends to listen to the live presentation which started off with a live auction for an in-home dining experience for twelve people with Chef Todd Stein from Bristol & Formento’s and Chef Beni Cwiakala, MasterChef Junior winner and Namaste sixth-grade student! As excitement and energy were in the air from the auction, Executive Director Natalie Neris took the stage to present a special video featuring past and current children from Namaste Charter School. 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/