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Fourth Annual Casino Night

The Argo Higher Education Foundation’s 4th Annual Casino Night was a massive success in honoring former foundation president Stacey Ziccardi and raising money for Argo graduates. The event raised nearly $50,000 in scholarship funding, with $10,000 raised directly for the new Stacey Ziccardi Scholarship, named after the late Argo teacher and Casino Night founder.

Set to the theme of “To the Moon and Back,” the Foundation transformed Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook into a swanky jazz lounge. A large moonlight skyline adorned the stage where a three-piece combo band played as guests arrived. Over 250 community members came out to support the event and enjoyed butler passed hors d’oeuvres while testing their luck at over a dozen different gaming tables.

Highlights of the evening included a heartwarming speech by Erik Ziccardi, Foundation Vice President, thanking the guests for support and dedicating the evening to Stacey. The Foundation President Nicholas Berrios, Erik, and several other Argo Staff and Board members took some time out of the evening to deal blackjack and work the money wheel.

Guests took home various great prizes, but the real winners of the evening were Argo’s graduating seniors. This year’s event helped fund scholarship awards for 11 members of the class of 2020.

Check out our Facebook Page to see photos from the event!

"The leadership opportunities that I had at Argo Community High School prepared me for college and my career over the years. I’m thankful for the Argo Higher Education Foundation and the scholarship I was awarded to help me pursue my bachelors at Loyola University."

Sarah Seiwart, Class of 1997

"I always dreamed of becoming a teacher and giving back to the community and school that helped me become who I am, and this scholarship definitely helped me on this journey. Now I'm back, teaching and helping out the community and school that did so much for me, Argo High School."

Tommy Jankowicz, Class of 1996

"Without the financial assistance I received from various organizations and institutions, such as the Argo Higher Education Foundation, my post-secondary pursuits would have been extremely difficult for my parents and me to make my dreams come true. For that, I am very grateful."

Dr. Blair Nuccio, Class of 1986

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