Photos by Crosby Scholars board member Lisa VanBuhler.

Casino Aspire raises $15K for Crosby Scholars scholarships

Posted at 1:31 PM on Nov 27, 2017



More than 100 people enjoyed a night of food, fun and casino games during the inaugural Iredell County Crosby Scholars’ Casino Aspire event at Trump National Golf Club.

Suzanne Wegmiller, executive director of Crosby Scholars, was pleased with the turnout and said the fundraiser was a success.

“Thanks to everyone who attended to support Crosby Scholars … it was a fun evening,” Wegmiller said. “We look forward to doing it again next year!”

The event raised $15,000, which will be used to help establish a Last Dollars scholarship fund, providing eligible students with college scholarships.

David Bradley, Statesville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, livened up the night as emcee of the reverse raffle grand prize of $5,000, which ran concurrently with the night’s events.

The last five raffle ticket holders vying for the grand prize opted to split the $5,000, with each receiving $1,000. The winners were Dan Weber, Rick Morrison (received by Martin Page), Allan VanBuhler, Kimberly Haigney and Christine Harris.

Some of the raffle winners donated a portion or all of their winnings back to the organization.

Other highlights included the wine pull, silent auction and prize baskets.

Many couples arrived in their finest attire for the black-tie optional event. Gaming tables were full during the night, and attendees enjoyed interacting with the retired dealers, which added an authentic casino-like feel to the event.

“They’re good at what they do, and what they do is take your money,” said Brady Johnson, Iredell-Statesville Schools’ superintendent and Crosby Scholars Board member. “It didn’t take me long to lose my $300 Crosby Scholars bucks.”

The money raised at the event will be put to good use, he said. “I’m proud of the all the great work that Crosby Scholars is doing in the middle schools and high schools.”

Event sponsors

Casino Aspire was sponsored by a number of businesses, organizations.

“I’d like to thank our sponsors Mitchell Community College, Sawyer Insurance and Trump National Golf Club. Trump National donated the venue and provided flowers,” said Beth Packman, board member and one of the key organizers of the event.

About Crosby Scholars

The nonprofit provides a unique college-access program for charter and public-school students in sixth through 11th grades. Students must commit to being drug free and take part in community service activities to be in the program, which prepares students academically, financially and personally for college enrollment while offering career exploration opportunities.

Learn More

For more information or to become a Crosby Scholar, visit their website at To view more pictures of the Casino Aspire event, visit Crosby Scholars Iredell’s Facebook page at by clicking on the Nov. 13 post.

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