By Chris Furguson
More than three hundred people filled Brawley’s Stockmen’s Club last Saturday, but most weren’t in search of a meal. Most of the people at the club were looking to spend a night seeking the thrill of winning a big pot or hitting the big numbers at the annual DOVES Monte Carlo Night.
This year, as the event was held on St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish spirit was in the Brawley Air as they celebrated the theme of “Emerald Isle.” Irish folk music played in the background along with a leprechaun played by Michael Remington wishing people luck with their evening’s activities.
An expansive buffet, laid out on several tables, was prepared by DOVES members.
Each $75 ticket provided a number of chips which could be used at any of the gaming tables set up and run by the Casino Del Sol entertainment group. Sponsors, ranging in size from Queens to Aces, also contributed to the total raised.
At the end of the four hour event, chips were exchanged for raffle tickets and more than 120 donated prizes were given away, including baseball and National Finals Rodeo tickets, various electronics, a diamond & emerald necklace and an eight-pound “investment bar” of .999 silver worth over $4,000.
Additionally, there were a number of items available in a silent auction to those who wanted to donate more.
“It’s so wonderful to see so many people give so much,” said one DOVES member.
The money generated, an exact amount was not known as of press time, will go towards several organizations. Those organizations include Amaris Ministries, Between Women, Inc., Birth Choice of Imperial Valley, Boys & Girls Club of Imperial Valley, Cancer Resource Center of the Desert, CHARLEE Family Care, Court Appointed Special Advocates of I.V., Girl Scouts of Imperial Valley, Imperial Valley Child Abuse Prevention Council, Real Hope Center, The Sister Evelyn Mourey Center, Sure Helpline Crisis Center, Westmorland Community Presbyterian Church Library Project, WomanHaven (Center for Family Solutions), and WOVEN (Women of Virtue Empowerment Network).
DOVES, or Donors Of Valley EndeavorS, was founded in 1985 by thirty Imperial Valley women seeking to raise money for the Children’s Home Society. In the past 26 years, the group has raised and donated more than $650,000 to various charities, specifically targeting women and children.