Night heats up at D.O.V.E.S Monte Carlo Serengeti soiree

Alma Ranney (right) and Cathy Kennerson (center) play a game of blackjack at the D.O.V.E.S Monte Carlo Night Saturday.

BRAWLEY — The heat of the Serengeti was evident both in climate and atmosphere during Imperial Valley’s annual D.O.V.E.S Monte Carlo Night Saturday, a fundraising event to benefit the women and children of the Valley.

During their annual fundraising events, D.O.V.E.S, or Donors of Valley Endeavors, whisk guests away for a night of Vegas-esque fun with a different theme every year. This year they were treated to a safari night on the Serengeti.

“The D.O.V.E.S organization is an amazing group of women who come together to put on a fabulous event to support our local community,” said Jody Remington, D.O.V.E.S president. “Without the community, none of this would be possible.”

This year, 22 local organizations will be receiving donations raised from the group’s Monte Carlo Night.

Attendees were treated to night of safari with blackjack, dice, and Texas Hold’em poker all on the game board for entertainment. While no actual gambling took place, participants received chips with all extra chip sales going towards D.O.V.E.S. An expansive buffet was also available, adding to the exquisite atmosphere of the night. A silent auction ran through the night, and door prizes were given out as well.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Greg Kosciusko. “The ladies do it all for charity work and they knock it out.”

“I think it’s good. They always give to the community,” commented Edward Burger.

Prizes were given out to the sponsors who had donated the most to the cause with “Queens and Kings” sponsor prizes handed out to several local companies. Commercial car dealer Bob Stall’s Chevrolet was the Kings winner with a $2,100 donation.

Members of the D.O.V.E.S organization said they wanted to thank all of the generous sponsors who made the event and the organization’s mission possible.

D.O.V.E.S is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being of women and children in the Imperial Valley community. All the money raised and donated to D.O.V.E.S goes towards other nonprofits. Since its founding in 1986, D.O.V.E.S has been able to donate $1 million to nonprofits in the Valley.

D.O.V.E.S President Jody Remington stands next to the list of the D.O.V.E.S 2017 recipients.

“We are one organization that, if you donate to us, you will be donating to, say, 20 more organizations,” said D.O.V.E.S. member, Liz Mamer.