Poker keeps business afloat

POKER, pizza – or some similar Italian fare – and compassion will be the order of the night at Vin Santo Restaurant on Monday.
Nanjing Night Net

The team at Vin Santo has been busy raising funds for a Gympie Pizzeria affected by the Queensland floods for the past month.

And they will turn the efforts up a notch on Monday with a poker night.

Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria is one of the many Queensland businesses struggling to recover from the recent floods and its plight hit home with the Vin Santo team as they recognised a common bond as an Italian food outlet.

Vin Santo co-owner Moira Mevissen said the management decided to donate 10 per cent of their takeaway sales to the restaurant to help it on the road to recovery.

Meanwhile the Vin Santo staff pledged to donate all their tips to the staff at the Gympie restaurant recognising their hours would be reduced as the business struggled to “bounce back”.

The staff have already raised about $3000 in tips while the restaurant owners have so far reached a tally of more than $3000.

Both have pledged to continue their efforts until Easter with Monday’s poker night expected to significantly bolster the fundraising coffers.

Mrs Mevissen said the evening would cost $150 a person, which would include the buy in to the game, a buffet dinner, a donation to the cause and entertainment by performer Gary Booth who had donated his time for the evening.

“If we fill all 72 places available for the evening we will automatically be able to donate $3000 to the Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria,” she said.

“A $3000 prize purse will also be up for grabs in the poker tournament overseen by the National Poker League (NPL).

“We hope to raise additional money through a variety of raffles and other activities on the night.”

Mrs Mevissen said their would be plenty of great prize winning opportunities during the evening which had been strongly supported by Highlands businesses and Sydney radio station 2 Day FM.

“Prizes will include vouchers from Romeo at the Mobil Service Station in Mittagong, a hamper of goodies from our local milko’s Huss and Jocelyn, a variety NPL products such as caps and beanies and a selection of 2 Day FM products.

“It was originally expected that Jackie ‘O’ from 2 Day FM would make an appearance, but we will have a local alternative, Jackie ‘M’ drop in for the night.”Details and bookings for the poker night phone Moira on 4872 4300.

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