It was a Friday night, and the Anaheim Ducks were suiting up for an evening of game play – but I’m not talking about uniforms and hockey. The suits: Well, they were of the white polyester sort. And the game? Gambling. For charity.
The Anaheim Ducks “Center Ice Disco” casino night drew 700 Orangewood Children’s Foundation supporters and Ducks fans for an evening of fun, circa the 1970s.
Organizers transformed the floor of Honda Center into Studio 54. The bar poured Harvey Wallbangers, Tequila Sunrises and Cuba Libres, while food servers dished out retro faves like deviled eggs, cheese and chocolate fondue, and beef stroganoff.
The polyestered players (who wore Afro wigs), mingled with partygoers as they browsed the silent auction offerings; awaited the results of opportunity drawings (among the coveted prizes – four glass seats to an upcoming Ducks game); and tried their luck at blackjack, craps and roulette.
And for those who preferred a little more physical activity, The Funky Hippeez provided music to boogie down.
Orangewood’s final winnings: $120,000. As Donna Summer would say, “I feel love.”
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