Glenwood Royale: It’s Casino Night |

Glenwood Royale: It’s Casino Night

April E. Clark
Arts & Entertainment Contributor
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Imagine rolling six dice that spell out the word “Harley.”

Then imagine winning a Harley.

Chances are someone could do just that by attending Casino Night, a fundraiser for the Early Childhood Network today at 7 p.m. at Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson in Glenwood Springs.

“I think it will be a lot of fun,” said Jonathan Godes, Early Childhood Network executive director. “This year Harley has decided to help as a sponsor and someone could win a Harley of up to $20,000 value if the six dice they roll spells ‘Harley.’”

Traditional gaming featured at the Early Childhood Network benefit will be blackjack, roulette, and craps. The night will also include a Texas hold ’em tournament, live auction, wine toss, food, cash bar — and that chance to win a Harley.

“It’s awesome, and what a great space,” Godes said, of the venue sponsor. “It’s our largest fundraiser and last year was a great event. We wanted something a little more formal. There will be a ton of food — we’re telling people to come hungry.”

Godes said the idea of the event is to enjoy an evening out for a good cause in a relaxed gaming environment.

“It’s a low-stress way to have fun, with no pit bosses slapping your hands,” he said. “The entertainment is the gaming.”

In its second year, Casino Night may attract between 150 to 200 people, said Godes. That is double the size of last year’s event. Funds raised support the network that connects families with child care options with free referrals to licensed providers. Early Childhood Network also provides advocacy, training and coaching in the area.

“What’s great is 100 percent of the money that comes from this event will be spent locally,” Godes said.

He stressed the importance of this year’s fundraiser as a way to help early childhood development in today’s busy society.

“The ages zero to 5 are crucial. It’s really important that we have quality early childhood development,” Godes said. “For every one dollar per child you spend on early childhood development, you save $17 per adult years later.”

Godes said today’s event will not only raise money for the network, but will also showcase some of the host’s best attributes.

“They’ll be drinks and there’s a ton of food,” he said. “And there will Harleys out on display. Anyone who attends gets $250 off a bike if they come in the next day. It’s just really going to be a lot of fun.”

Could be a win-win for all.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at various locations in Carbondale

• Stop by Bonfire Coffee on Main Street for the opening of Eric Allen’s Photography Show and the Spring Fling Bazaar featuring clothing, jewelry, soaps, candles, scarves, metal work and more created by Valley artisans and crafters.

• The CCAH R2 Gallery at the Third Street Center will also be open for the viewing of the 2013 Sculpture Show as well as the 2013 Mountain Fair Poster Contest Submissions. For more information visit or call 963-1680.

• The Lulubelle Main Street Fashion Show returns to kick off spring in style. This family-friendly show starts at 7 p.m. and festivities for First Friday go all night.

• The White Dog Gallery’s First Friday opening artist’s reception for world renowned stone sculptor, David Seth Brass. His work is displayed in museums, private and public collections around the world and is one of our “featured” artists. The event takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. at 50 Weant Blvd.

• Carbondale Clay Center’s First Friday opening reception for a new exhibition featuring the work of artist-in-residence, HP Bloomer IV. The show featuring HP’s new pottery will be on view at the CCC until May 31 during regular gallery hours, or by appointment. From 6-8 p.m. at 135 Main St. and 963-2529.

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