Casino Royale raises $50K for homeless youth

Masquerade ball set for Oct. 13


Casino Royale, the Anniversary Celebration of Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center, was once again a huge success. The event was hosted by Assembly Room Events at Art ‘n Motion on San Marco Avenue in July. More than $50,000 dollars was raised, and around 150 people attended this fun 007-themed evening. Tickets included casino games with fun money, prizes, delicious food, a signature cocktail, a VIP Texas Hold’em Lounge, music and more.

Attendees played blackjack, roulette, craps and poker and spun a money wheel for a chance to win prizes. VIPs were treated to a private lounge on the second floor that included Texas Hold’em tables, a charcuterie spread, open bar and lounge seating. Heavy hors d’oeuvres such as shrimp cocktail and beef tenderloin on crostini with caramelized onion jam, were served by EFS Catering. The signature cocktail, The Goldeneye, was complete with gold sugar dust, expertly shaken, not stirred by bartenders from The Perfect Pour.

As attendees were winning casino chips, the homeless youth at Port in the Storm were also winning as donations rolled in. Several anonymous donors pledged to match donations, and many answered the challenge, taking the total to more than $50,000.

Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed this fourth anniversary celebration.

Organizers are planning their next event, the annual gala, which will be a masquerade ball held at Tringali Barn on Friday, Oct. 13. Tickets and sponsorships are available now at

Casino Royale was sponsored by: Localiq - The Record, Solar Stik, MasterCraft Builders, Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf, Canan Law, Harbour Island Tennis Centre, the PLAYERS, Robinson Improvement, RockIT Solutions, Florida Health Care Plans, Taylor Refrigeration & AC, Herbie Wiles Insurance, Ancient City Accounting, Meg Bogosian, Bronz-Glow, Old City Public Relations, Galleon Capital Advisors, Iron Order Motorcycle Club and the Marsh Creek Women’s Association. 

St. Francis House and Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center provide the only comprehensive housing-crisis services and shelter in St. Johns County. Housing-focused programs provide support, referrals, and assistance to facilitate the return to housing and self-sufficiency for individuals, families and youth.