PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – November 9, 2015 – The Rotary Club of St Maarten’s second annual Casino Night drew record numbers of participants at the recently held event at the Hollywood Casino. Over one hundred and fifty guests generously donated their time and funds to the event.  After tallying all the ticket sales and donations, over $11,000 was raised for Rotary’s youth related projects.
Both the Texas Hold’em poker and bingo tables were filled to capacity with enthusiastic participants who enjoyed a lovely mid-evening buffet provided courtesy of L’Isola restaurant. Adding to the fun was a “wheel of chance”.  The Texas Hold’em poker grand prize winner was Andy Westcott who walked away with $1500. Other prizes on offer included gift baskets of Dutch cheese, bottles of wine and spirits, day sailing trips, dinner vouchers, airline tickets, jewelry, and electronics.  Major donors included Winair, Insel Air, Divi Little Bay Resort, and the Sonesta Maho and Great Bay hotels.
John Caputo, Rotary lead organizer of the event stated “St Maarten residents and visitors alike came out in great numbers to not only have a fun night but to also fuel the work Rotary does in our community.  We are always thankful for their generosity.”
Jeffrey "Dr. Soc" Sochrin, President of the Rotary Club Sint Maarten, added "I simply wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone made this event possible.  A special thank you goes to the Hollywood Casino for hosting us and running two fantastic tournaments.  I must also say thank you to Rotary Team of John Caputo, Henna Budhrani, Vrisha Motwani, Geeta Khatnani and all the Rotarians present who helped organize a spectacular and FUN evening.  Everyone's efforts will provide a great return to our community as we continue to educate our youth, feed the hungry and develop our community.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and thank you from the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten".
The proceeds raised from this event will be used to benefit youth programmes in St Maarten including after school programmes and scholarships.
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: or visit the website
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at