United Way Casino Night Benefits Literacy Programs

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SHREWSBURY – United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women United is hosting a Casino Night to benefit the Early Grade Reading Initiative on Thursday, October 12 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, 1 Obre Place.

“Women United is a phenomenal group of women who are making an impact in the community, specifically with the Early Grade Reading initiative. We support this initiative through summer reading and enrichment opportunities for children with limited or no access to books. This helps combat the summer slide and close the learning gap that can happen in the summer months,” said Patricia Howard, a United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Board Member and Chair of Women United.

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women United will host a Casino Night on October 12 to benefit children’s summer literacy programs. (Photo courtesy Women United)

The event will feature casino games, buffet dinner, open bar and gift auction, featuring a weekend getaway at Minerals Resort & Spa and a Broadway Package that includes show tickets, dinner and car service.

Women United has raised more than $100,000 since its inception three years ago. These funds have helped the YMCA of Western Monmouth County purchase a Smart Board, enhancing their summer literacy programs, and allowed two additional classrooms of students to attend the Horizons at Rumson Country Day School program, which keeps more Red Bank children educated and engaged over their summer break. Three literacy specialists were also added to summer programs at both the Horizons at Rumson Country Day School and Red Bank Primary School to provide reading instructions to students who need the most help.

“This is a great event where you can make a difference in your community while having fun and possibly taking home a prize or two,” said Kelly Fliller, Co-Chair of Women United. “Funds raised at Casino Night will enable us to support more programs that help children read to learn – instead of learning to read – by the fourth grade,” Fliller said.

Tickets for Casino Night cost $135 each and include open bar, buffet dinner and dessert, plus $100 in play money. Reservations, payment and sponsorship opportunities will be accepted online until October 5 at WUCasinoNight2017.eventbrite.com.

For more information about Casino Night or Women United, visit uwmoc.org/WomenUnited or contact Carolee Oross at 848-206-2035 or [email protected].