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March 17, 2009 (San Diego)--San Diego Las Hermanas, a group of East County women who raise money for East County charities, is hosting Casino Night with the San Diego Las Hermanas Riverboat Queens on Friday, March 27. The spring fundraiser is being held aboard the William D. Evans Riverboat, launching from the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay.


The San Diego Las Hermanas, an independent philanthropic organization, was formed in 2001 to raise money for East County charities for children. The group meets monthly in members' living rooms. Last year the group raised approximately $70,000 for its chosen charities. Charitable causes which have benefited from Las Hermanas include Horsemanship for the Handicapped, Casey's Place (a before and after-school mentoring program), Fostering Opportunities/Dollars for Scholars, and Community Coaching Center, a facility which helps children and teens with autism.


"We were able to offer seven scholarships in the last year for local students from Fostering Opportunities, a program for foster kids over 18 who have dropped out of the system," said Heidi Martin, co-president of Las Hermanas along with Joeann Gautlier. Martin also thanked Site So-Cal for helping the nonprofit Las Hermanas organization purchase a trailer for the Horsemanship for the Handicapped Program. The two-hour cruise includes dinner, an open bar, a disk jockey, dancing and a silent auction with a $1,000 opportunity drawing and opportunity drawing. Tickets are $125 per person.


The event is from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Guests are invited to come dressed in cocktail attire or "risk-taking" costumes for an evening of "high stakes" entertainment. R.S.V.P. by March 22 to For more information about the event or the organization, visit

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