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Casino night helps military and vets with charitable contributions

The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals will roll the dice and help veterans. File photo

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The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) has diligently worked to make homeownership and homeownership education more accessible to military families and veterans. On Nov. 13 they wish to extend their work by holding a casino night to support charities involved with active-duty and military veterans.

Steilacoom's town hall will undergo a slight change in appearance as several blackjack, craps and roulette tables set the stage for a great evening. The $75 buy-in gives gamblers 70 scrip (used in place of poker chips), food for the evening, as well as three free drink tickets. While the purpose of the evening will be to raise money for charity, the top three places in scrip winners will receive prizes.

VAREP has made its name popular among the 40 percent of married military homeowners with their dedication to education in what it takes to be a homeowner, and VA loan programs. The nonprofit organization also ensures that lower income families have an equal chance at owning their own home and reaching financial stability. On casino night, however, the charities that will be supported through the event lend a different kind of help.

All of the proceeds collected will be split to help support multiple organizations in support of active-duty military and veterans. Some of the collected money will be sent in support of helping to train service dogs for combat veterans. The South Sound region alone is home to over 53,000 military veterans; many of these veterans are in need of well-trained service animals for a multitude of reasons. The rest of the proceeds will go to different charities in support of military families. It will be used for a wide range of support; from assisting with financial wellness to ensuring family needs are met - each contribution will help those that have served our Nation as well as those that supported them the most.

For those that wish to help, but are unable to attend the casino night, VAREP has made it possible for you to either sponsor someone to attend or simply make a donation in support of casino night. Both of these options can be found on their website as well as the necessary participant sign-up forms. For VAREP, this night is not about the 10 free homes they have given to military families, nor is it about 5,000 agents and lenders that are a part of their community; this night is about reaching out in support of the men, women and families that have given so much in selfless service.

Veteran Charity Stars and Stripes Casino Night, Friday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St. Steilacoom, $75, 253.592.6057, www.varep.net/starsandstripes

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