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Brookfield East ballfield fundraiser lays it chips on casino night

Jan. 22, 2013

A group of parent volunteers from Brookfield East High School will continue its fundraising efforts to improve school athletics at the annual Diamond Casino Night and Silent Auction.

In its third year, the event is part of East 2010 and Beyond's ongoing fundraising efforts to improve the school's baseball field. It will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Highlander Elite, 13825 W. Burleigh Road.

The event will offer roulette, black jack, craps and other casino games, as well as an auction and raffle.

Dave Rouse, committee chair for the group, said the event has proven popular among attendees.

"The event has grown in size, profitability and, of course, popularity," Rouse said. "The combination of gaming, food and refreshments as well as unique silent auction items has been the right combination for us."

Athletic auction items

The silent auction will feature dining certificates, apparel and sports memorabilia, including items donated by the Milwaukee Brewers.

A bat used and autographed by Prince Fielder, a Brewers jersey worn and autographed by manager Ron Roenike, an autographed cap worn by Yovani Gallardo, and a nameplate from Carlos Gomez's locker are among the Brewers' donations.

Jeff's Sports, a sports memorabilia shop in Brookfield, has offered several items to the organization for inclusion in the silent auction, including an autographed photo of former Brewer and Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount on a stretched canvas, a Ryan Braun autographed bat, a set of three autographed photos of Braun and Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and a Rodgers autographed framed photo.

The Original Pancake House, the Chancery, Parkside 23, and Plus Mazzaluna's are among the list of restaurants that have donated gift certificates for the silent auction.

Other auction items include Harley-Davidson apparel, Perry Ellis golf wear, passes for a family at Mt. Olympus water and theme park in the Wisconsin Dells, Summerfest and Brewer tickets, a La Vita Laser photofacial package, in-home wine tastings, iHome docking stations, and a variety of Brookfield East sports camps and spiritwear.

Mary Mistrioty, planner for the silent auction and raffle, said the group tries to provide items appealing to different tastes.

"We try to provide a variety of items for both the auction and raffle to appeal to men, women and families," Mistroity said. "Former event-goers return to the event for not only the casino gaming fun, but for the unique auction items offered."

Successful efforts

Rouse said that for the past 13 years, East 2010 and Beyond has renovated the school's soccer field and football stadium, constructed an eight-lane running track, reconditioned wrestling mats, and more.

Ned Eberle, a member of the group who works with Brookfield East in creating the design and management of the improvements to the baseball field, said the group is working hard to reach its goals.

"We have three remaining goals for this year: Create a more visible backstop for better viewing, add a sound system for music, and create a warning track along the perimeter of the field," Eberle said. "These improvements will cost us around $30,000. We have completed the backstop renovation and look to complete the remaining two items before the start of the season on May 15th. When all is said and done, East 2010 will be responsible for close to $160,000 in field improvements."

Eberle said East 2010 has received help from other groups. The Booster Club donated $16,800 and the Elmbrook School District contributed $44,000, according to Eberle.

"Most recently, with a number of events over the past few years, we will have revitalized the Brookfield East High School varsity baseball field and facilities by well over $100,000 in improvements," Rouse said. "Upon completion, we will move on to support the next designated Brookfield East High School Athletic Program."

This year's gaming is donated and provided by Classic Casino.

The entrance cost is $70 for couples and $35 for individuals.

To RSVP, contact Cheryl Waffenschmidt at (262) 781-1045 or by e-mail atwaffensc@elmbrookschools.org

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