‘Disappointing’ casino night raises $1,800

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Kay Borvansky, Horizons Specialized Services resource development coordinator, said the state provides funding for each disabled resident enrolled in the Horizons program, “but it is never enough to cover everything.”

To help bolster funding for the non-profit program, which helps more than 40 disabled clients in Craig, Horizons hosted a Casino Night on Friday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

About 70 residents attended the event, which raised about $1,800 for Horizons’ Moffat County program.

During the Casino Night, residents enjoyed games of blackjack, roulette and Texas Hold ’em. All 44 items in the silent auction were sold as well.

It was the third year Horizons organized the event, but money raised has slowly declined over the years.

In 2008, Horizons raised about $6,000 and about $3,000 in 2009.

Borvansky said the economy might be cause for the decline in fundraising.

“I think the economy is playing a huge role because it was really hard to get auction items and to get people to commit to buying tickets,” she said.

Borvansky said many of the tickets for the fundraiser were purchased at the last minute, an indicator that residents may have been hesitant about purchasing them.

She said auction items sold for lower prices than hoped for.

“It was pretty disappointing all things considered,” Borvansky said.

In light of the decreased profit generated from Casino Night, Horizons is considering looking into a different event or other sources of fundraising, Borvansky said.

However, she said Horizons is grateful to residents and organizations that helped with the event and those who attended.

Despite a low profit from the Casino Night, the organization will continue to support residents enrolled in the program.

The money raised will go to help fund the organization, which is in the process of moving several developmentally-disabled residents into a new group home in Craig.

Horizons recently purchased an existing house on Rose Street for those disabled residents who are not able to live on their own. About 20 Craig residents currently live in group homes owned by Horizons.

Funding is needed to make the house handicapped accessible, among other improvements to meet “stringent” state regulations, Borvansky said.

“There is always a lot of expense to make the house comply with all of the state regulations for providing group homes for disabled individuals,” she said.

The organization also needed the money because its funding is stretched thin among the other services it provides.

“There is always stuff that is not covered under the contracts that we get with the state of Colorado,” Borvansky said. “We are always looking for fundraising alternatives, grant writing and certainly the generosity of private individuals who … (are willing) to make a donation.”

Horizons was created in 1975 and serves Moffat, Grand, Jackson, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.

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