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Peggy Ruhlin
Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc.
(614) 481-6900
1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 300
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, CPA/PFS

John Davidson
Kyleshill Financial Planning
(614) 395-1295
330 W. Spring Street, Suite 205
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Professional Athletes or Entertainers, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

James Budros
Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc.
(614) 481-6900
1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 300
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, ChFc, MBA, MS

Robert Reed
Reed Financial Planning LLC
(614) 263-3900
3763 North High Street
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PhD

John Sestina
John E. Sestina and Company
(614) 326-3077
1161 Bethel Road, Suite 201
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Professional Athletes or Entertainers, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, ChFc, MSFS

Joel Oles
The Sherrington Group
(614) 485-2000
1328 Dublin Road, Suite 410
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CPA/PFS

Richard Caw
The Sherrington Group
(614) 485-2000
1328 Dublin Road, Suite 410
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Carol Friedhoff
Savvy Outcomes
(614) 580-9926
2720 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Paul Dolce
Financial Solutions, LLC
(614) 604-3551
Riverside Drive
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Jill Gianola
Gianola Financial Planning
(614) 340-0770
2094 Tremont Center, Suite 4
Columbus, OH
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA, MS

Fundraising ideas

Looking for clever fundraising ideas? Here's one: The Smithtown Historical Society offers a fun spin on popular casino nights. The event's co-chair offers the secrets of the party's success.

For the past five years, on the first Saturday night in March, residents of Smithtown, New York, have enjoyed a dress-up night of "gambling" at the Society's "Naughty Night Out," a Roaring Twenties-themed fundraiser.

Naughty Night Out

"We came up with that idea because we wanted something a bit different than the usual Las Vegas and Monte Carlo nights," says 2006 event co-chair, Deanna Varricchio, Smithtown's receiver of taxes.

Each year, the event draws about 125 attendees and nets between $6,000 and $8,000, says Varricchio. The venue for the 2006 event was the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch, in Hauppauge.

Accent on Fun

One reason for the event's success, she says, is the contrast between the sedate nature of the Society's mission--to preserve the historical heritage of the Township and of Long Island--and the raucous, fun-filled frivolity of the evening's activities.

One of the biggest attractions was "In and Out of Jail," which involved "imprisoning" prominent members of the community in a "jail" built by a talented local contractor. (See photo above). "People could pay $5 to bail the prisoner out, or $5 to keep him or her in jail for a while longer." It's easy to figure out what most people chose to pay for, she jokes.

Gambling, of course, was the major money-maker of the evening. Classic Casino Productions, of Wantagh, which has run the event's casino operations from the beginning, provided card tables and a range of casino equipment, including a real slot machine donated by the company and auctioned off at the end of the evening.

For the $125 cost of admission, each attendee got $200 worth of play money, says Varricchio. Soon thereafter, people could buy $500 more play money for $20. And later in the evening, the same $20 bought $1,000 in play money.

"Bootleg beverages" were offered throughout the evening and the pacing of the food service was carefully planned, Varricchio notes. Guests arrived to hors d'oeuvres being passed, and platters of cheese, nuts, and fruit placed at stations around the room. At 9 p.m., a hot buffet was served. Seating was intentionally limited and tables were small. "The whole idea was to keep people gambling," she explains.

Naughty Night Out also featured a Chinese auction and a number of door prizes. "This event has become familiar to local merchants, who have been very generous in their support," she says, referring to the range of gift certificates, merchandise, and services donated to the organization--including a dinner cruise on one supporter's private yacht.

Costumes more popular each year

One trend Varricchio says she's noticed is that every year, more people arrive in full '20s regalia. "At first, the only people in costumes were those running the event," she recalls. "This year, about 75% of the women were in c...

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