---- — DERRY — Henry Glickel is throwing a big party for his 50th birthday and anyone reading this is invited.
Glickel hopes to pay off the $8,000 Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County still owes on a 16-passenger van.
To that end, he and wife Robyn are hosting a Casino Night at Brookstone to raise the money.
Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County is the newest chapter in a national program that provides transitional housing for homeless families with children.
This chapter of Family Promise will draw families from 14 towns in Rockingham County. Volunteers from all the participating donor congregations — churches, synagogues and mosques — provide food and friendship as the families spend one week at a time at each of the donor congregations. During the day, the families go to the day center to address issues, find jobs, wash clothes and take showers.
The $138,000 annual budget must cover expenses, including the large van and driver to take families to the day center, the day center rent and utilities, and a full-time director to help the families get back on their feet.
The “Fund the Van” Casino Night is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brookstone Event Center on Route 111.
Tax-deductible event tickets are $25 per person. The deadline for reservations is noon Jan. 26. Ticket sales are limited to 150 people.
Email your name and the number in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org .
There will be poker, roulette and blackjack, with chips available in $25 increments.
Winnings will be paid in raffle tickets for a large assortment of prizes valued from $40 to $80 each. Raffle tickets can also be purchased.
There will also be a silent auction with a dozen prizes valued from $100 to $350. Auction items include a hot-air balloon ride, a cigar tasting for eight, a remote carstarter, a six-month gym membership and more.