By Kristen MisakSpecial to the Chronicle
Resident Student Association and Entertainment Unlimited hosted Casino Night, last Thursday, April 3. The professional card dealers, great food and impressive raffle prizes made the night a memorable one.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at least 100 students attended the affair. Decorated in black and red; the Multipurpose Room was turned into a scene straight out of a real casino, with festive decorations and backdrops for picture taking.
The casino company rented by EU was truly incredible – the card dealers were funny, informative and welcoming to seasoned card players as well as beginners. The faux gambling was surprisingly very exciting, and it was easy to make new friends playing at the same table. Games included blackjack, roulette and Texas Hold ‘Em. The games left plenty of options for students to choose from. A crowd favorite was blackjack; one of the witty dealer’s jokes entertained students all night.
The food and raffle, organized by RSA, were both outstanding. Vegetarian options were abundant, including pasta, macaroni and cheese and a zucchini and squash side, as well as chicken and mushrooms for non-vegetarians. Fruit and cookies also supplemented the spread.
Prizes were better than ever, and the baskets held a wide array of expensive and cool items and gift cards. The biggest prize give away was an iPad mini. Other prizes included the movie basket (complete with DVDs, popcorn, candy and more) and a study basket full of school supplies and snacks.
One of the best aspects of Casino Night was the awesome music by our very own Hofstra students. Coffeehouse teamed up with RSA and EU to merge audiences for the night, and students responded very well to the live music. The standout performance was by Gabe Woodside and Rich DeMaio on keyboard and guitar playing classic rock. Both can be seen again at later coffeehouse set.
All in all, the night was a great success.
“Everyone who came by my table seemed to be having a great time. I’m so glad that the night went so well – RSA is very pleased with the turnout, and is grateful to EU for their help in putting together an unforgettable night,” said RSA member Jack Costello.
Casino night was a hit and it is clear people are already looking forward to it next year!