SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) kicked off its spring fundraiser last Wednesday with a Texas Hold em' Tournament and Casino Night that netted more than $71,000 for the nonprofit organization.

Proceeds from the tournament and casino night will be used for education activities, community events and toward the day-to-day operations at SOPAC.

"It's just one of the many ways people support SOPAC and have a good time too," said Carl Wolf, committee chairperson and SOPAC Board of Governors member, in a press release. "It's a combination of guests wanting to support our organization and understanding how vital arts education is in addition to knowing how much fun they'll have throughout the night."

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The tournament and casino night were held on May 8 at the Crestmount Country Club in West Orange. The event was sponsored by Spartan Capital Securities, LLC, a financial services firm. Lakota Holdings, M&T Bank, JACLO, Sandalwood Securities, BCB Community Bank, World Wide Sales, and a number of individual donors also supported the event.

The grand prize winner received an all-expense trip to Nashville while the runner-up received a two-night stay at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Cape Cod. Third through fifth place winners received tickets to the second round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage, tickets and a backstage tour of Broadway's Book of Mormon, and a Bozily laser golf range finder.