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By Kyle Whiteman
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Camden County College will host a fundraiser on Nov. 19, 2010. The fundraiser will be a casino-themed event where contributors will be given chips to “gamble” on table games where the proceeds will benefit the college.

“For this event, we wanted to shake things up a bit and do something different. We also wanted it to appeal to a broader audience, and this event certainly does that,” says Melissa Daly, the fundraiser’s planner. “Revenue generated from fundraisers goes toward scholarships, faculty grants and other programs that could not otherwise be funded.”

The Shuffle-Up for Scholarships fundraiser will be the first of its kind to come to Camden County. Table games such as craps, roulette, Texas-hold ’em and blackjack will be available with the money raised going to the Camden County College Foundation.

Since corporate sponsorships are down, fundraisers are essential to generate money for program and scholarship funding. “We live in a different world than we did a few years ago. For events, we find that a lot of corporations are cutting back on sponsorship focusing their contributions directly on programs,” Daly said, “That’s fine, because if we can get a corporation to donate money directly to our programs and scholarships, it works out for us, too.”

Variations in the levels of donations provides that citizens and businesses can contribute. Individual and high roller tickets are available for $45 and $75 respectively. These tickets grant chips to play games, appetizers and an open bar. There are five levels of sponsorships ranging from $250 to $1,000. Each sponsor is awarded tickets to the event and is recognized throughout the night. Corporate sponsors receive tax deductions based on the level of charity given.

Shuffle-Up for Scholarships will take place in the Atrium in the Connector Building of Madison Hall on Nov. 19, 2010 at 7 p.m. Businesses and private contributions are welcome and are put to use for the students and faculty of Camden County College.

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