Casino Night, the 9th Grade dance event, was held at the house of Chandra ’14 on Oct. 22.
Almost 300 students from schools including Harvard-Westlake, Loyola, Immaculate Heart and Marymount attended. Each student paid a $20 admission fee and received a bag of poker chips and raffle tickets.
When walking into the grand house, the friendly faces and familiar yellow vests of Marlborough security greeted partygoers and directed them inside, where photographers and moms were waiting.
Ninth grade parents Kathy Thompson, Jennifer Lewis, Debra Shaw, Georgia Cord, and Olga Lyass organized this year’s Casino Night, ordering food from Earlez Cartts, obtaining dealers and gambling equipment from Casino de Paris, designing decorations and contacting the DJ.
The Lewis family generously allowed the team of moms to use their home to create this wonderful night of dancing, gambling and socializing.
There were three games played during Casino Night: blackjack, roulette and craps. Many students said they were very pleased with the fact that they were able to gamble despite being under 18, even though they had to use fake chips instead of real money. Audrey ’14 said she “really liked the set up and actually gambling and playing blackjack.”
The boys and girls feasted on mini hot dogs, corn dogs, French fries, hot chocolate, and sweet treats from the candy table; everyone grabbed a white paper bag and attacked. By the time the boys and girls left the table, everything was a mess, and the candy was everywhere
Attendees said they enjoyed the music and DJ Pasha, though the dance floor was usually unoccupied.
Caroline ’14 and Elise ’14 were the only Marlborough girls to win a raffle; Elise won the NCIS-themed basket and Caroline won the finale basket, which contained a $250 gift card and giant chocolate bar.
Many students said they admired the fabulous decorations, particularly the twinkling trees and the dance floor, which appeared to be smoking.
“The giant cards on the fences were pretty cool,” Symone ’14 said. “It took all that was in me to not take one of those life-sized dice home.”