OLP Academy Holds Casino Night: An Exciting Event to Support the School

Committee Members Proudly Display 52 Prize Baskets Credits: Marina Kennedy
Event  Co-Chairs  Renee Ferentchak and Karl Kavanaugh Credits: Marina Kennedy
Leighann Mitchell and Sheila Dasilva Prepare for Casino Night Guests Credits: Marina Kennedy

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) held its Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday, October 26th at the OLP Gymnasium.  The doors opened at 6:30 pm with the first roll of the dice at 7:00 pm. 

The evening featured Poker, Black Jack, Craps and Roulette.  Admission was $40.00 per person, $75.00 per couple and $20.00 for Senior Citizens.  Admission included $100.00 in fun money, complimentary raffle tickets for prize baskets, appetizers and desserts; beer and wine could be purchased.  There was also a 50/50 raffle.

About 150 people attended the event which annually raises approximately $10,000 for the school. The Casino Night is one of OLP’s major fundraisers along with their annual Tricky Tray and Spring Carnival.

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Renee Ferentchak and Karl Kavanaugh co-chaired this year’s event.  They were guided to organize Casino Night with the help of last year’s chairpersons, Jack and Kerry Flood, and also got a great deal of assistance from Kerry Ann Perniola.

Ferentchak was very pleased with the way the evening came together.  She said, “We got a tremendous amount of help from the community and we are very thankful for it.”

Kavanaugh agreed. He said that the local business community was very supportive and pointed out that there was $5,000.00 worth of prizes, and $2,000.00 in goods and services for the silent auction.

There were 52 prize baskets in all, one for every card in the deck.  OLP’s Casino Night had an attractive array of items to for all ages and tastes including merchandise and gift certificates.

One of the unique offerings was the PIX 11 Silent Auction item.  Guests had an opportunity to bid on a chance to be on television as a PIX 11 weatherman.

The New Providence community and the parents and friends of The Academy of Our Lady of Peace came together to enjoy an evening of games, prizes, and fun and also to provide support for the school.


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