The annual Park City Youth Football fundraiser will return on Aug. 16. This year's fundraiser will have a "Casino Night" theme, complete with black jack, poker, craps and a silent auction.

The event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to approximately 10:30 p.m., will be held at the Blind Dog restaurant in Park City.

Shawn Long, president of the Park City Youth Football organization, said he's hoping to draw 150-200 people to the event, which supports the Miner youth teams.

"It's a great fundraiser to help support the kids," he said. "Football is a sport that's not just about football it teaches life lessons to the kids, too. The money will also go toward providing scholarships for players who otherwise could not play and will pay for fields and other football necessities."

Nate Washington, who is in charge of acquiring sports memorabilia for the silent auction, said the organization is hoping to raise $40,000 to $50,000 this year.

"I think they can do it last year, they raised a little over $20,000," he said. "This year, it's a little different style."

Washington said there will be plenty of rare memorabilia available at the auction, including several big-name professional and college football items.

"We have a football signed by the 1953 Notre Dame backfield, including Heisman Trophy-winner John Lattner," he said. "There are also a couple signed cards by Lattner. We also have a Lawrence Taylor-signed football, a Drew Brees-signed football and some Emmitt Smith-signed memorabilia.


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Additionally, there will be other items available in an online auction, according to Washington.

"There are three surprise items that we're going to do a virtual auction on," he said. "One will be lunch or dinner with an NFL player. The two others are going to be kind of a big deal things you can't really get anywhere else. They're going to be top-notch."

As far as other, non-memorabilia items go, Long said there will be plenty of things available for everyone.

"We'll have ski passes from Canyons, Park City and Deer Valley," he said. "And usually there's a trip last year we had a trip to Belize. Then there's a two-night stay at the Montage."

Entry to the auction costs $50, Long said.

"That will get you two drink tickets and a certain amount of chips," he said. "Then there will be options to buy back in throughout the night."

All money raised will go toward making sure the Park City youth football players are fitted with the safest gear.

"That goes to buying new equipment," Long said. "Helmets, shoulder pads and all that so we have the most up-to-date, safe equipment."

For more information on the auction/casino night fundraiser, visit www.pcminersyouthfootball.com.