Chehaw Hosting Annual Casino Night Fundraiser

Staff Report

Monday, September 11th, 2023

Chehaw is hosting its annual Black Jack & Black Rhinos Casino Night Fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Creekside Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests will be transported to Las Vegas and have the opportunity to try their luck at a variety of live action game tables like blackjack, craps, roulette, and Texas hold ‘em. When they win, guests earn tickets that can be entered as chances to win one of many fabulous prizes. Proceeds from this event directly benefit Chehaw Park and Zoo.

Each $75 ticket provides admission for one at the event with food stations, a drink ticket for signature cocktails, beer and wine at the cash bar, $2500 in Casino Bucks, music, and raffle at the end of the night. Guests can purchase additional $2500 Casino Bucks vouchers for only $10 at the bank. 

Chehaw hopes to continue the success of last year’s inaugural event to bring awareness to the plight of rhinos in the wild. For World Rhino Day last year, the International Rhino Foundation set a goal of $10,000 to purchase Wildlife Crime Investigative Kits. Because of your continued support, Chehaw was able to donate the $2100 needed for IRF to meet and surpass their goal.
These kits provide all the supplies forest guards and officers need to help ensure that wildlife criminals will be found, arrested, and prosecuted.
“Chehaw proudly participates in the Southern Black Rhino Sustainability Program, and our zookeepers passionately believe that these conservation initiatives are vital for the long-term survival of these animals,” said Director, Morgan Burnette. Chehaw’s resident Black Rhino, Sam Houston, has directly benefited the IRF’s desire to provide the access to experts who have the knowledge to improve the standard of care for all captive rhinos. Through tireless efforts, Chehaw staff has gained an appreciation of the work they carry out in the field and are better prepared to share the accomplishments of the Foundation and the challenges they face in protecting wild rhinos and restoring native habitats.
“The Chehaw staff thanks you for your support,” Burnette said. “Know we will continue our efforts locally to inform others of the plight of rhinos in the wild, contribute funds to support conservation efforts, provide the highest level of care to our black rhino, and participate in programs that ensure the survival of the species.”
Tickets can be purchased at Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available. For more information about sponsorships, or the event itself, contact Morgan at