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Crocker Cooks Up Casino Night to Benefit The Gathering Place

An evening of food, games and prizes will benefit the cancer support group March 10.

You won't have to try your luck at the tables March 10, because everyone is a winner at the second annual  to benefit at .

Last year's inaugural event was a smash hit that drew more than 550 people and raised more than $75,000. This year's party is looking just as good, and organizers are hoping to attract over 600 people.

"It's a really great, fun time," said Kristina Austin, spokesperson for The Gathering Place. "It’s not often when you can go out and have a really wonderful time, but know that everydime you spend comes to help people dealing with cancer. They could be neighbors, parents of your children's friends, people you work with... One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime."

Tickets range from $75 to $125, and include hors d’oeuvres from  restaurants like , , , as well as bar tickets and access to casino tables with games like blackjack, poker, roulette and craps. Chips can be cashed in for raffle tickets, which can be used to enter drawings to win prize packages available the night of the event.

The Gathering Place will also be announcing the winner of the A Car for All Seasons raffle. The winner will get a one-year lease with a different car every three months, presented by Collection Auto Group.

"We're shooting for $100,000 this year," Austin said. "For $75, you can get a ticket that can get you access to four luxury vehicles."

The cars included in the lease are a 2012 Porsche Boxster, 2012 Mercedes ML350, 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe and 2012 Buick LaCrosse. The Gathering Place is only selling 750 tickets at $75 each, or five for $300. The winner does not need to be present at the casino night, and tickets are available online here through March 9.

Tickets for Crocker Cooks Casino Night start at $75 with all the proceeds going to support the local non-profit organization that provides free programs, support and assistance to those dealing with cancer in its many stages and forms.

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