Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s need for a new £30,000 x-ray machine has inspired its ‘A Night in Vegas’ fundraising event, which takes place from 5pm until midnight on Friday 4th October at the stunning Chart Room, Castle Quay with all funds raised going directly towards the cost of a new x-ray machine for the renowned conservation charity’s veterinary department.
Durrell has looked stateside for inspiration for its latest fundraiser, a spectacular high-energy evening packed with the thrills and spills of a sensational Las Vegas gaming club.
Dodo dollars will be the currency for the night, and guests at the event will pit their wits on the fun house poker, blackjack and roulette tables. Sparkling show girls and showmen will add to the glamour of the evening, and Rat Pack style music will be provided by Tony Gardiner along with live jazz duets from local artists.
Discussing the need for the new piece of equipment, Durrell’s veterinary nurse Melissa Frost said, “Our current x-ray machine is 50 years old, it was donated by the hospital and whilst it is still working, the age and limited capabilities do constrain us, particularly when working with the larger animals. It is also very bulky so not at all mobile.
It would be fabulous to get a new up to date digital x-ray system, we can then store the images on computer files and send them to other institutions really easily.”
Melissa added: , “We need the x-ray machine for all the species here from a 5g amphibian to check bone density to our largest species 250kg gorilla. It is an extremely important piece of equipment that we really cannot be without.”
Tickets cost just £25 and include a welcome drink provided by Rekorderlig cider, a £5 Tiffin food voucher for use on the night and $10 worth of Dodo dollars to spend in the fun casino.
An exclusive VIP lounge has been sponsored by JT and those purchasing the £75 VIP tickets will also receive five complimentary drinks, canapés and $20.00 Dodo dollars to play the tables with.
To add to the excitement of the evening Durrell will be hosting a ‘Lottery Raffle’ with a range of prizes, including an amazing 5 star trip to Las Vegas for two!
Tickets are available at www.durrell.org/vegas, by telephone on 860 093 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.