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Casino Night funds scholarships in Wadsworth

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WADSWORTH — The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center will again be transformed to feature the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas for The Scholarship Foundation of Wadsworth’s annual Casino Night.

Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, the event serves as a fundraiser that has allowed the organization to donate more than $500,000 in scholarships over 31 years.

“Last year we had our highest total,” board President Brandon Cobb said Tuesday. “We gave 30 scholarships last year with a total of $56,500.”

Tickets for the event at 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth, cost $50, and include casino gaming (with replica money), food and a cash bar. Tickets for the regular Casino Night plus access to play Texas Hold’em poker cost $100.

“You are going to gamble for three hours, you are going to get to eat, you are going to get to socialize and have a good time,” Cobb said.

“Obviously, it is an event at The Galaxy, and if you have ever been to anything at The Galaxy, it is first class.”

In addition to gaming tables, the event will feature a silent auction and Chinese raffle, Cobb said.

Wadsworth Board of Education President Linda Kramer said Tuesday that the efforts made by the Scholarship Foundation of Wadsworth are greatly appreciated in the community.

“It means a lot to the kids,” Kramer said. “The more money that is collected at Casino Night, the more scholarships can be given out.”

Cobb said Wadsworth High School seniors are invited to fill out a scholarship application at www.sfwadsworth.org.

Applications are due Feb. 28.

The organization looks to award a scholarships based on a combination of academic performance, demonstrated financial need and a proven work ethic and life goals.

Cobb said the foundation uses a tally system for application scoring and will then bring students in for an interview before awarding any scholarships.

“We have to see the financial need, we have to see the work ethic, we have to see the goals,” he said.

Cobb said The Scholarship Foundation of Wadsworth traces its roots back to 1987, when Wadsworth High School graduate Jon Bhushan returned to the city.

“He kind of had this vision for giving scholarships to kids that had a good work ethic, proven financial need and then really specific goals for their lives,” Cobb said.

The foundation’s first scholarship, totaling $1,000, was awarded in 1988.

Cobb said that the foundation does not have a specific financial goal in mind for its Casino Night, but is more focused on doing as much as it can with the resources available.

“Our goal is to impact as many Wadsworth High School seniors as possible,” Cobb said. “If we have got, like last year, 30 really fantastic candidates that we interview, then we are going to try and give 30 scholarships.”

For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sfwadsworth.org.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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