This year’s edition of Las Vegas Night that was hosted by the Rotary Club of Saipan last month netted over $34,000, according to club president Greg Borja.
Borja noted that their signature fundraiser held at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan last March 30 got them about $17,000 each from table games and ticket sales, topping their recent years of holding the event.
All that money would go to the club’s programs.
“We are looking at trying to put $20,000 on a playground that is accessible to children with disabilities and then we are looking at reestablishing our youth exchange programs with one of the [Rotary] Clubs in Japan,” he said.
Part of the money would also go to the Rotary’s dictionary program for third graders and other projects.
Compared to last year’s, this year raised about $10,000 more.
“[This year was really great]. I believe last year we netted $24,000 and the year prior to that was roughly the same at $22,000 to $23,000,” he said. “[$34,000] is a nice number to work with so we can support projects in our community.”
In terms of raffle prizes, Borja said they have no plans to change any of the raffle prizes, which usually consist of five major grand prizes and several other smaller door prizes.
The annual jackpot at the Las Vegas Night is always a choice between a vehicle and a substantial amount while the other grand prizes are cash.
“We would probably stick with the [same things]. The choice for a vehicle is really big that folks would want and we solicit a lot of door prizes from all over the island, so we can talk about that in the future with our board members,” he said.