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What happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas: A private gambling trip pays off for Texas Children's

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Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Roxanne Rockov, Andrea Murcia
Roxanne Rockov, Andrea Murcia Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Kolja Rockov, Dr. David Poplack
Kolja Rockov, Dr. David Poplack Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Matt Milcetich, Adam Walker, John Dravenstott, Dusko Djukic, Peter Carpenter, Kim Carpenter
Matt Milcetich, Adam Walker, John Dravenstott, Dusko Djukic, Peter Carpenter, Kim Carpenter Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Kevin Smith, Sheryl Smith, Mike Ames, Jana Ames
Kevin Smith, Sheryl Smith, Jana Ames, Mike Ames Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Webb Hayes, Jamie Hayes
Webb Hayes, Jamie Hayes Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Tatyana Pakyshkura, James Vanmilder
Tatyana Pakyshkura, James Vanmilder Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Ryan Munro, Mari Ono
Ryan Munro, Mari Ono Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Matt Reid, Monika Pham
Matt Reid, Monika Pham Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Nameer Siddiqui, Ashley Means, Patrick Hayes
Nameer Siddiqui, Ashley Means, Patrick Hayes Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Dusko Djukic, Matt Milcetich, Sylvia Barnes
Dusko Djukic, Matt Milcetich, Sylvia Barnes Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, John Preece, John Corley
John Preece, John Corley Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Casino Night poolside tent, Wynn Las Vegas
Poolside at the Wynn, a beautiful setting. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Roxanne Rockov, Andrea Murcia
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Kolja Rockov, Dr. David Poplack
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Matt Milcetich, Adam Walker, John Dravenstott, Dusko Djukic, Peter Carpenter, Kim Carpenter
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Kevin Smith, Sheryl Smith, Mike Ames, Jana Ames
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Webb Hayes, Jamie Hayes
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Tatyana Pakyshkura, James Vanmilder
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Ryan Munro, Mari Ono
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Matt Reid, Monika Pham
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Nameer Siddiqui, Ashley Means, Patrick Hayes
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Dusko Djukic, Matt Milcetich, Sylvia Barnes
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, John Preece, John Corley
Texas Children's Center in Vegas, November 2012, Casino Night poolside tent, Wynn Las Vegas

It might seem like a crazy idea — load up a plane of Houstonians, head to Las Vegas and hold a casino party for charity. But that plan has actually been a slam dunk for Texas Children's Cancer Center since Linn Energy CFO Kolja Rockov came up with the idea.

The 2012 Casino Night in Vegas hit the jackpot, raising more than $400,000 to fund treatment and research.

 They tried their luck at blackjack and craps, danced to the sounds of a DJ and feasted from food stations and a dessert bar. 

More than 130 Houstonians made their way to Vegas for the gaming-themed bash, held in a private party room at the Wynn. They tried their luck at blackjack and craps, danced to the sounds of a DJ and feasted from food stations and a dessert bar.

Rockov initiated the Casino Night at the Houston Downtown Aquarium in 2009, took it on the road to the Nautilus Ballroom at the Kemah Aquarium in 2010 and then headed for Vegas last year.

Joining the second annual Casino Night in Vegas were Texas Children's Cancer Center director Dr. David Poplack, Roxanne RockovFran and Keith Buchanan, Annette and Doug Liftman, Kristin and Rick Brice, Autumn Hugo, Ryan Munro, Mari Ono, Sheryl and Kevin Smith, Nameer Siddiqui and loads more. Just think — partying in Vegas with 100 of your best buddies!

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