The Chicago Lighthouse hosted their 3rd annual Raising the Stakes for Vision Poker and Casino night at Hugo’s Frog Bar and Gibsons Steakhouse on February 28, 2019.
Before the poker tournament kicked off guests enjoyed a premium open bar courtesy of Heaven Hill Distillery, Miller Lite and Peroni. Not only were the cocktails flowing but delicious appetizers were being passed including shrimp cocktail, assorted bruschetta, grilled lollipop lamp chops and mini crab cakes. The appetizers were followed by a full Gibsons dinner buffet with items including fried calamari, grilled vegetables, double baked potatoes, and chef carved tenderloin and herb roasted turkey breast.
Event co-chairs Gary Rich and Jeffrey M. Jackson kicked off the poker tournament with a few opening announcements and special thanks to their generous sponsors. Chicago Lighthouse President and CEO, Janet P. Szylk then took the floor before introducing a very special part of the evening, a performance from Customer Service Representative, Martell Hill. Martell Hill performed his very own rap about the Lighthouse which gained coverage from local news station NBC5! The room was packed, and the energy was high once the poker tournament began due to such an exciting live program.
Once cards were dealt, the competition to win the $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker Tournament held in Las Vegas began, which was later won by Nayef Ahmed! Other top poker prizes included a four-day, three-night stay at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, a custom suit and custom shirt provided by clothing sponsor Knot Standard, and lots of Chicago sporting ticket experiences, just to name a few!
Guests had more opportunities to enjoy Gibsons’ wonderful food spread with late night snacks and a full dessert buffet including apple pie, carrot cake, Gibsons’ signature chocolate mousse cake, key lime tarts, and mini chocolate chip cookies. Throughout the evening guests gambled for a chance to win one of the amazing casino prizes that were up for grabs at the blackjack, craps, and roulette tables. Prizes included a Google Home Voice-Activated Speaker, tickets to Second City Comedy Show, Fox In a Box Escape Room certificate and much more!
Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this year’s Raising the Stakes for Vision to help Chicago Lighthouse reach their goals!
For the past 110 years, The Chicago Lighthouse has been dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired, providing services to more than 67,000 people annually. Striving to serve from birth until death, The Lighthouse has 39 unique programs, including employment & training, education, and vision care.
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