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May 7, 2009

Casino Night Benefits Youth Activities

OSWEGO -- The Oswego YMCA and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau host Casino Night on Friday, May 29 to benefit Thursday night youth activities this summer. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Oswego Armory on West First Street.

“We have been looking for teen activities during the Oswego Farmers' Market on Thursday nights,” said Kathleen Fenlon, executive director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and County Parks and Recreation. “The money raised from this event will help bring in a variety of fun events and things for youth to participate in each week.”

The idea for the Casino Night came from second ward councilor, Michael Myers.

“This will be a great community event,” said Myers. “We are getting local celebrities to man the tables, and proceeds will help youth programs.”

Participants must be at least 18 years of age to play the games of chance, which include black jack and chuck-a-luck. Each player receives $500 in chips to use at the gaming tables. At the end of play, any remaining chips will be used in a live auction.

Supervised child care for those in kindergarten through grade 6 is provided by the Oswego YMCA staff at no charge. This service includes food, drinks and organized activities.

Registration for the event is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Pre-registrations can be sent to the Oswego YMCA, 249 W. First St., Oswego.

Advance registration is required for the child care program.

Participants are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to a local food pantry.

For more information, call the Oswego YMCA Welcome Center at 343-1981.

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