Fundraising casino style

First Posted: 10/14/2014

100 – 1 = 250.

Or, at least that equation makes sense in the case of the Abington Lions Club’s Elimination Party, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Summit Ballroom at the Ramada, Clarks Summit, in which the first ticket holder out of 100 to be “eliminated” will win a $250 cash prize. In addition, a grand prize winner will receive $2,500, a second-place winner, $1,500 and third place, $5oo.

The club, part of a national non-profit service association, obtained a Commonwealth Department of Revenue Gaming License in order to hold the exclusive, adults only, casino-style event.

“It’s a social event with a great meal, beverages and full of entertainment and fun,” said Ed Borek, club president. “The bottom line being, it helps the less fortunate and those in dire need in our community.”

The party is limited to 100 ticket holders with one guest each, for a total of 200 attendees. Tickets are $100 each and include dinner for two with Manning’s ice cream for dessert and locally-made wine and beer throughout the night. A disc jockey will provide musical entertainment and announcements.

Every ticket purchased also enters the holder in the elimination raffle and, in addition to the first $250 cash prize, several winners will be “eliminated” throughout the night with $100 cash prizes, as well as about 40 door prizes, valued at upwards of $50 each.

Major event sponsors include Delta Medics, McGovern Insurance, RJ Walker Plumbing, Northeast Philharmonic, Scranton Gold and Silver Dealer and MB Sports.

Door prize sponsors include CoCo Nails and Spa, Soccer Plus, Salon 320 Plus, Quaker Steak, Lynn’s Hallmark, Ink Street Tattoo, Long Horn Steakhouse, Hippieness Creations, Sunrise Cafe, Summit Beverage, All That Pizazz Salon, POSH, Chicago Grill, Pine Hills Country Club, Chelsea Brinton Photography, Essential Beauty Treatments Salon and Spa, Fiorillo’s, Fratelli’s and Cars aRe Us.

Opportunities will be offered throughout the night for attendees to purchase additional raffle chances, allowing “eliminated” individuals to re-enter and those who have not yet won to obtain a higher likelihood of walking away with a prize.

With the dinner, beverages, entertainment and so many prizes to win, Borek pointed out “you can’t go wrong” with this party.

“It’s better than a lottery ticket,” he said.

The idea for the event came from two “brainstorming sessions” during Abington Lions Club meetings, when Borek asked members to come up with “meaningful fundraisers.” The group eventually settled on the Elimination Party, because they felt it serves a twofold purpose – raising money to serve the community while serving the community with a fun social event.

The Abington Lions Club puts 100 percent of its profits into local community projects, such as scholarships, sending blind residents to an educational camp, providing hearing aids for the needy, helping the farm and junior Little League teams, supporting the Blind Association, assisting the AAJRB’s Hillside Park complex, running a regional Santa project and more.

Tickets for the Elimination Party can be obtained while they last by contacting Borek at 570-587-2925, co-chair Brian Davis at 570-406-2368 or or co-chair Ellen Burkey at 570-878-9090 or

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