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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Casino Day at Frog Creek

Each year Frog Creek Campground holds a fundraising charity event with the proceeds going to the St. Petersburg Children's Hospital. Last year it was a silent auction with the campers bidding on items donated by locale businesses and beautiful handmade items made by fellow campers.

This year the theme was Casino Day. The clubhouse was transformed into a casino, with poker tables, black jack tables, dice tables and a roulette table. There was a bake sale outside with all kinds of homemade goodies made by Frog Creek campers. You could buy lunch, too - sloppy joes, hot dogs, sodas, chips - and all of the proceeds went to the children's hospital. The owners of Frog Creek graciously donated all of the lunch items, so that meant that there was NO overhead for the bake sale or lunch! The kids got ALL of the money raised from both of those functions.

Inside the clubhouse, folks were having a ball. They had to buy chips with real U.S. money and gamble with that. They could buy all the chips they wanted. With their winnings, they would be able to bid on auction items at the end of the day. We also had four handmade items up for raffle and a 50/50 raffle. Everyone had a great time.

The best news came at the end of the day when we found out that we had raised over $3000 for the children!! Isn't that fantastic!?!?!! And it was all done by the campers in our campground. Even though we had invited the two surrounding campgrounds to join us, we didn't see any unknown faces.
It was wonderful to be part of such an event.

Going to meet up with Barb & Roy, folks we met in Livingston, tomorrow for lunch. Looking forward to seeing them again. Insurance adjuster is supposed to come on Tuesday to look at the RV damage. Not sure what's happening the rest of the week, but I figure we'll come up with something. Take care!

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