Texas Children’s Cancer Center was in luck November 8, 2013, when more than 300 high rollers made their way to Las Vegas for the annual Casino Night fundraiser. Dancing, “gambling” and an all-around great evening yielded $469,000 for patient care and research efforts.
Big fun can make a big difference at the Cancer Center, where physicians and scientists work every day to find more effective treatments — and ultimately cures — for childhood cancer. As they address the clinical needs of today‘s patients through research and education, they are also working to ensure optimal patient outcomes for years to come.
Benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center
Texas Children’s Cancer Center is dedicated to providing family-centered care for children with cancer and blood disorders. Our physicians treat more children with cancer than any other organization in the U.S. With more than 300 researchers in 38 laboratories, Texas Children’s Cancer Center remains at the forefront of researching and developing new treatments and therapies.
Kolja Rockov Puts the Fun in Fundraising
The whole thing was his idea. Kolja Rockov, CFO of LINN Energy, wanted to give something back. He chose Texas Children’s Cancer Center as the beneficiary. Then, in 2009, he blew up preconceived notions of what was possible in fundraising and put together a casino-themed fundraiser — in four months and without a committee.
That first year, Rockov held the event at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium and raised $146,000 to support Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
The Aquarium Restaurant in Kemah was the venue in 2010. In 2011, Rockov took things on the road to Las Vegas, and the event has been held there ever since. He also started a tradition of debuting a new tuxedo jacket each year.
“I think a lot of fundraisers rely on their worthy cause to raise money, but I think that’s only part of the picture,” explained Rockov. “People like to go to events that are fun and entertaining, so our goal was to create a party that people would want to attend every year.”
This popular fundraiser continues to grow, both in terms of the number of participants and in terms of donations. Texas Children’s Cancer Center has received $1.6 million in support from Casino Night event proceeds over the last five years.
This year’s Casino Night event will be held on November 6, 2014.