By Emily Sorensen
Sharpen your poker skills, because the Poway High School Music Boosters is holding a Casino Night fundraiser, with games, dinner and an auction, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 14068 Stowe Drive, at Scripps Poway Parkway.
Funds raised will benefit the Poway High School Instrumental Music Program activities for Marching Band, Orchestra, Color Guard and Jazz Band.
This is the first time the music boosters have put on a Casino Night fundraiser, said booster Melissa Martinez, but they plan to add it to their permanent fundraiser lineup, which includes restaurant nights and the annual Poway Invitational Field Tournament.
The night will include a Happy Hour with a no-host bar, a buffet-style dinner, casino games and an auction. This is an adult-only event with no one under age 21 admitted.
Poker, blackjack, craps and roulette will all be available for playing. Prizes include Disneyland tickets and a weekend getaway.
The live auction will include great items to bid on, including themed gift baskets, restaurant gift cards, passes to San Diego attractions such as the Birch Aquarium and the San Diego Ice Arena, wine tasting packages, Disneyland tickets, a Kindle, an electric guitar and more.
The event begins at 4:30 p.m., with Happy Hour, appetizers, casino play and bidding, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Casino play and bidding closes at 7:30 p.m., with casino prizes and dessert from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and the live auction from 8 to 9 p.m.
Tickets will be $45 through Friday, Jan. 24, and $50 after that. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event, but advance purchase is preferred.
Tickets can be purchased by filling out a ticket order form online at
- Tickets are also available for purchase through PayPal. For more on the event, call Melissa Martinez at 858-229-7267 or email