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Project DOVE’s ‘all in’ for Casino Night fundraiser for victims of domestic violence

ONTARIO – Those looking to play Texas Hold ‘Em or try their luck at the blackjack table while helping raise money for the county’s only domestic violence shelter need look no further than Project DOVE’s Casino Night Fundraiser. 

The annual event kicks off Saturday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Ontario Elks Lodge at 1150 W. 4th St. 

Jessica Figueroa, executive director of Project DOVE, said registration is $50 and blackjack is $30. She said people can register on the day of the event. However, those who register before Aug. 18 receive bonus chips. Dinner is included with registration. Dinner tickets are $7 otherwise. The Elks Lodge will serve tacos. 

The event will include a silent auction for various donated items and the newly-added “Spin and Win” wheel, where, for $10 a spin, players can try their luck at landing on select numbers to win a prize.

The Casino Night, which the organization began hosting in 2015, is one of a handful of fundraisers the nonprofit hosts annually. Figueroa said the annual fundraiser typically raises about $10,000 for the organization.

The only local organization established to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, the nonprofit assists 50 people a month, providing temporary housing, food, clothing and transportation costs to flee a domestic abuser.  

Those interested in registering for the event can call 541-889-6316. 

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can call the 24-hour hotline at 541-889-2000. 

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