Wright's Foundation to host 'Vegas Night'!

Wright's Foundation to host 'Vegas Night'!

Those of us with easy access to TV and radio have been led to believe that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

It turns out that isn't entirely true; one night each year, the David Wright Foundation brings Vegas to New York City with an event that gives people the chance to roll the dice for charity.

This time, the Foundation's third annual Las Vegas Night will be held on June 25 at the scenic South Street Seaport in downtown Manhattan.

So get decked out in your best gaming outfit, put on your poker face and pull a chair up to the table for a good cause.

"The event is a tremendous mix of good times and lots of laughs," said Wright. "We'll raise $100,000 for charities both in New York and in my hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. There's plenty of entertainment, good food, good drinks and some great items in the auctions."

For aficionados who want to get into the true spirit of the evening, a $500 ticket will get you $1,000 in poker chips and the opportunity to test your skills in games of craps, roulette, blackjack and Texas hold 'em.

In addition, there are $250 guest tickets for those who aren't inclined to go all-in at the poker table. The non-gamers can root on the competitors, take part in the live and silent auctions or simply enjoy the cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and fine foods from the grilling station.

The doors open at 6 p.m. ET. There is no registration during the night of the event, so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.

Wright and his Foundation team understand that this may not be an ideal time for many to contribute to charitable causes, but they're hopeful of drawing a full house for Vegas Night.

"Despite the tough economic climate, our goal is to continue to grow the Foundation and to surpass last year's distributions, which exceeded $260,000," said Wright.

Founded in 2005, the David Wright Foundation's mission is to provide financial support and raise awareness for those in need and to financially support other charitable organizations. The Foundation pays special attention to multiple sclerosis and children's causes and maintains its focus on the New York City and Norfolk metropolitan areas.

"David has a tremendous sense of public service and social responsibility," said Greg Holcombe, President of the David Wright Foundation. "His leadership skills both on and off the field demonstrate a remarkable maturity for a ballplayer just 26 years old."

Of course, while Wright has displayed a heightened sense of social awareness, it should be remembered that he makes his living playing a kids' game. As such, it's fitting that his Foundation's charitable events are often centered around fun themes, such as the annual "Kids Bowling Night" and "Dress Like David" gala.

The third annual Las Vegas Night promises to be another fun event for gamers and non-gamers alike. So get into the act as Vegas comes to New York for an evening, and you won't even have to worry about driving five hours through the desert to get back to civilization afterward.


Tim Ott is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.