Casino Royale Returns with Harlem in the 'Ham

Casino Royale, one of Birmingham’s most popular fundraising events, returns this fall as the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) Young Professionals Board presents Harlem in the ‘Ham to help prevent childhood obesity.  

On Saturday, September 23rd, The Harbert Center will be transformed into a 1920’s casino with good food & drinks, great music, gaming fun, and chances to win great prizes. “We are so excited to bring a fresh, new take on Casino Royale,” said YP Board president, Rayna Dyck, MD.

Guests will enjoy games of chance and skill such as Texas Hold’ Em, Roulette, and Blackjack tables. Celebrity Diamond Dealers who will hold court at the gaming tables include Jason Eppenger Citizen’s Trust Bank, James Gettys Birmingham Times, Deon Gordon, REV Birmingham, John Hall, Post Office Pies, Dr. Corey Hartman, Alabama Skin Wellness Center, Anthony Hood, UAB, Jeremy Norman, Keller-Williams Realty, Natasha Rogers, Negro Southern League Museum, Alexander Shunnarah, DJ Chocolate, DJ Supreme, and DJ Slim Robb to name a few.

Proceeds from Harlem in the ‘Ham will benefit Healthy Happy Kids, the MHRC’s childhood obesity intervention. Since the first Casino Royale in 2009, more than 2,500 young professionals, business and community leaders have raised more than $210,000 to help children learn healthy living skills.

"In the United States, obesity occurs at higher rates in racial and ethnic minority populations. Also, cultural factors influence dietary and exercise behaviors, and research has shown these play a major role in the development of excess weight in minority groups," said Mona Fouad, MD, MPH, Director of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine and Director of the MHRC. "We focus on these groups of children for this program to help them learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle."

“Without community support, we couldn’t provide the resources needed to help children learn to live a healthy life,” said Fouad. Over 1,100 students from 16 Birmingham City schools have learned healthy living lessons and taking them home. “Each year we are moved by how much these children learn and are able to teach their families and community members,” she added.

YP Board president Rayna Dyck, MD is enthusiastic. “The outpouring of community support is phenomenal,” she said. Primary sponsors include Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka, Brownstone Healthcare, UAB School of Medicine, Alabama Power, and Mineral District Medical Society, and Skin Wellness Center of Alabama, among many other local businesses.

The event is open to the public. Great Gatsby costumes or cocktail attire is encouraged. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets may be purchased below. Ticket price includes food, one drink ticket and play money for the gaming tables. At the end of the night, play money is exchanged for chances to win prizes. VIPs receive special treatment in the VIP area. 
                             
                                    Early Bird Tickets  May 25 only         May 26-September 22               Day of the Event

Individual Admission                      $40                                                $  50                                            $ 65
Dual Admission                              $75                                                $  90                                            $100
VIP Admission                                $85                                                $100                                            $120

For more information, contact Susan Driggers at the MHRC at sdriggers@uabmc.edu.