“We are totally committed to the cause,” said KSU coaching icon Scott Whitlock, who will host the event with radio legend Rhubarb Jones. “It’s our way to give something back. We can give a night to raise awareness and raise funds.”
The College of Continuing and Professional Education has almost 50 professional certificate programs in areas such as culinary, medical assisting, Web design, Android app development, paralegal, languages and human resources. The purpose of the scholarship fundraiser is to alleviate financial burdens and help students complete their educational goals.
All proceeds benefit the Barbara S. Calhoun Scholarship Fund. Calhoun is the dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education.
“Barbara Calhoun has serviced the region, community and state in ways that can’t be measured,” Whitlock said.
Each ticketholder will receive $25,000 in Casino Bucks to play numerous games such as blackjack and roulette. Friendly dealers will be on hand for those rusty on the rules. The evening includes a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres and two-drink tickets (with a cash bar available for additional drink purchases), DJ for dancing, prizes, caricature artist, phone booth and more.
“We hope to add fun and entertainment to the night and help raise a bunch of money,” Whitlock said.
The night also includes a silent auction with wonderful items from spa packages to hotel stays to a rental of the entire historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square valued at $5,000.
Tickets to Casino Night are $100 each. Through Aug. 23, buy one ticket to receive a second complimentary ticket. Donations and sponsorships are also available.
“The mission is vital,” Jones said.
The KSU Center is at 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw.
For more about the Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser, visit ksufundraiser.com or call (770) 499-3340.