A generous and fun-loving crowd turned out on Friday night in support of Becky Washington’s first annual Pub Crawl fundraising event. Over 120 people took part, generating $610 for the local Becky’s Best Buddies pet shelter and adoption organization.
The most exciting part of the night came when the participants gathered at the Sportsman’s Bar and Grill at 9 p.m. to hear which one had put together the best five-card poker hand to win the split- the-pot competition. As it turned out, the winner had been dealt a nearly unbeatable hand. After visiting the five local pubs, Ron and Janet Rosenberger returned withÂ
a nearly unbeatable hand of four aces and a king, eliciting cheers from the entire room. Only a royal flush could have topped their hand. Their winnings—half of the pot—totaled $610.
Can you imagine visiting five local pubs and restaurants, being dealt one card at each place, and having four of those cards be aces?
However, as it turned out, this was not the highlight of the event. Unknown to most of the night’s revelers, the Rosenbergers had told Washington prior to the finale, that if they won, they would return all of their winnings to Becky’s Best Buddies, which doubled the event’s donation total to $1,220.
“Janet and I have been two of Becky’s supporters for the past 10 years,” said Ron. “We always give a donation around Christmas time when she does her Pet Photos With Santa fundraiser.
“So, when this opportunity presented itself, I thought we should take the chance to give an even bigger donation than usual. Before the winner was determined, I told Becky that if we won, she should keep the money. We told only a few friends what we had done before we left.”
Later, Washington told the crowd what the Rosenbergers had done.
The participants, 122 in all, paid $10 to enter the event. They were each given a game card and sent to spend an evening of food and drink at the five local beverage establishments, and to be dealt a poker card. The five ‘pubs’ included Sporty’s, ChewVino, The Chalet, Mondo’s, The Oasis, and El Ranchito. Contestants strolled from one establishment to another, enjoying appetizers, dinner, dessert, and drinks.
“You can be assured that I will make good use of every penny of this money,” said Washington.
As it turned out, the event was a good for Becky’s Best Buddies, local businesses, and all who participated.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff