Rotary Club Raises $28,000 for Hanover Safe Place
05/09/2012 The Mechanicsville Local

Rotary Club Raises $28,000 For Hanover Safe Place
Published: May 09, 2012 

By Melody Kinser

The Mechanicsville Rotary Club presented a check for more than $28,000 to Hanover Safe Place on Wednesday, May 2. Participating were, from left, front row, Patty Hall, Randi Powers, Alicia Howard, Stacie Francis, Sheree Hedrick, Bret Atwood and John Monacell; middle row, Kim Wills, Kathy Wells, Kelly Severo, Elsie Rose and Charles Riedlinger, and, back row, Trip Chalkley, Vaughan Alexander, Karlis Graubics and Ray Keate. Everett Alexander also was on hand for the presentation. 

An evening of glamor, glitz and gambling proved lucrative for Hanover Safe Place. And, thanks to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsville, the organization that promotes freedom from domestic violence and sexual assault, received a donation of more than $28,000 last Wednesday.

For the 13th year, the Rotary Club hosted Casino Night on March 10, with a turnout of about 420 at American Legion Post 175 in Mechanicsville.

Bret Atwood, who chaired this year’s Casino Night, said the Rotary Club of Mechanicsville is the “largest single non-public supporter” of Hanover Safe Place. With the help of corporate sponsors, he said the club is able to raise awareness for domestic violence in Hanover County through the fundraiser.

A black-tie event, Casino Night runs for five hours, featuring silent auctions, live auctions and table games.

This year, Casino Night raised $28,162.42 for Hanover Safe Place, which is located in Ashland.

“It takes the entire club and community to put this together,” Atwood said. Six months of planning go into successfully bringing Casino Night to fruition.

“We’re looking forward to next year already,” Atwood added. “We’d like to expand the event.” Working closely with Atwood is John Monacell, the past chair.

Casino Night’s support of Hanover Safe Place, Atwood said, shows the Rotary Club’s “commitment to making Hanover County a safer place.”

Recognized for their sponsorships of Casino Night were: Tuckaway Child Development and Battlefield Commons, silver; Sklar Technology Partners, exclusive VIP gaming; Alexander Insurance Services, Village Bank, Richmond Gastroenterology Associates (Hanover), Atwood’s Printing, Marty’s Grill and Fox 35 in Richmond, bronze; Long & Foster, Phil Kersey, TAW Construction and Tim Amos, complete horse race; Allen & Allen, Andrew J. Michael M.D., Atwood’s Printing, CodeBlue Technology, Dr. Charles W. Harrill, Freed & Shepherd, Friends of Trip Chalkley, Power Installations, Rue & Associates, Union Bank and VA Oral & Facial Surgery, gaming table; Rotary Club of Mechanicsville, cooler o’ fun; Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Barre Y Lane Communications, BB&T, Board of Supervisors (retired), Canova Peterson, Charles and Cynthia Riedlinger, Hanover County Public Schools special education teachers, It’s A Breeze, Joseph Elrod Jr. DDS, Moncure Insurance Agency, Retina Institute of VA, Yount, Hyde & Barbour CPA, Richard Start Sr. and Sen. Ryan McDougle.

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