Casino night at the Hartford

The Hartford Retirement Centre hosted its first Casino Night on September 22nd from 7 to 9 p.m. Many residents were joined by family and friends for an evening of fun.

According to organizer, Marilyn Arsenault, the Hartford rented two blackjack tables, two slot machines, and two crown & anchor wheels from their sister centre in Ottawa, Rideau Place on the River.

She told the Leader that “each person was given a bucket with 20 chips in it (and) they traveled around to the different games” playing until “their chips were gone.”

Included in the night were prizes provided by Hartford manager, Kim Hodkinson. The first place went to Jean Dunbar. The second place went to Evelyn Smail and the third to Mary Lynch.

In addition, there were seven randomly chosen door prizes.

According to Arsenault, it was “such an enjoyable night that residents are still talking about it” the morning after.

“We saw people out – residents who don’t usually come out.”

She and Hodkinson estimated that there were close to 70 people in attendance.

Arsenault wanted to say “thank you to Frank Lalonde, Richard Pecore and Penny Richmire” for their help.

Casino Night at the Hartford was such a success that there’s talk of bringing it back again in the spring, but this time it will be  “bigger and better.”

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