Las Vegas winners receive cash awards


Winners of the recently concluded Las Vegas Night fundraiser were presented yesterday their cash awards during the Saipan Rotary Club meeting at Hyatt Regency Saipan. From left are club secretary Richard Cody, grand prize winner Arnel Capati, Rotary Club president Pete Shilling, winners Romana Immeti, Reynaldo Pulido, Mike Cruz, Leonora Bengco, and club vice president Laila Boyer. (Moneth G. Deposa)  Winners of the recently concluded Las Vegas Night received their cash awards from the Saipan Rotary Club yesterday during its weekly meeting at the Hyatt Regency Saipan.

Grand prize winner Arnel Capati was presented a check for $8,000 after he chose the cash award over a brand new 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS. The amount showed a 20-percent tax cut on the cash prize he won at the July 14 fundraiser.

Capati, 46, an employee of CMI Construction in Gualo Rai, told Saipan Tribune that he bought a booklet of tickets worth $20 from a friend as a show of support for the projects of the Rotary Club. His win, he said, was unexpected but he is very grateful as the money will help his family. Capati, for now, will save the money. Capati has been working in the CNMI for 10 years and this was his first time to win anything in a raffle draw.

Also grateful is Reynaldo Pulido, who won $2,000 cash from the fundraiser. Like the grand prize winner, Pulido said he bought only a booklet of ticket and didn’t expect to win. The 39-year-old farmer of Younis Arts Studio said the cash prize will be a big help to his family.

Businessman Mike Cruz, the winner of $1,000 cash, bought five booklets of tickets worth $100. A former member of the Rotary Club, he said he fully support the projects of the organization every year.

The other winners who were presented their cash awards were Romana Immeti, $3,000, and Leonora Bengco, $500.

Las Vegas Night is the club’s major fundraiser every year and raises funds for the organization’s various community projects. The event, held at Saipan World Resort, was graced by over a thousand players and spectators and generated gross proceeds of $44,000.

By Moneth Deposa

Moneth G. Deposa | Reporter

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