Top Stories November 19, 2020

Rotary Casino Night Raises Over 230 Thousand

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The Wort Hotel and Jackson Hole Rotary Lunch Club Foundation raised over $233-thousand with a virtual Casino Night on November 7th in the Silver Dollar Bar thanks to a robust participation by members of the community. Jim Waldrop, a Rotarian and President of The Silver Dollar Inc., welcomed virtual guests to Casino Night from The Wort Hotel and spoke of the gratitude for our valley’s generosity towards scholarship programs like Rotary’s. While being virtual meant guests could not “gamble” and mingle, Casino Night hosts and committee organizers were dedicated in their efforts to make the event memorable none-the-less. Virtual hosts Melissa Turley, and Jeff Ward guided folks through a program of silent auction bids, including an original Amy Ringholz painting, live music from Aspen Dawn and video from Orijin media featuring Rotarians and past scholarship winners. Other contributors to Casino Night included Nicholas and Company, Wells Fargo, Hughes Charitable Foundation and many more who stepped up to support local students. Past Rotary scholarship winner America Martinez told viewers the scholarships are “an investment in a life-changing outcome for a student.” Martinez is currently a freshman at the University of Wyoming.