Local real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Pollack is again helping the Assistance League East Valley.
Pollack is the title sponsor of the nonprofit’s Mardi Gras Casino Night and is donating $10,000.
The Assistance League’s mission is “improve the quality of life of children and adults while fostering self-esteem.”
The casino night starts at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes.
Pollack for over 46 years has built his business largely around reviving rundown shopping centers and their surrounding neighborhoods across Arizona, Nevada and California, with more than 11 million square feet of real estate projects.
He and his affiliated entities are one of Arizona’s largest privately held shopping center owners and operators.
Over the years, the real estate mogul has donated well over $200,000 in monetary and in-kind contributions to the East Valley chapter of Assistance League.
Those contributions include renovating the building for the organization’s upscale thrift shop at 2326 N. Alma School Road in Chandler.
The store helps fund the Assistance League’s programs in the East Valley.
The East Valley chapter is among 120 chapters nationwide.
“Assistance League East Valley is a tremendous organization that has helped and continues to help thousands of hard-working families and children right here in the East Valley,” said Pollack.
“I encourage everyone to donate and lend a hand to this organization so they can continue helping Valley families who desperately need our assistance and care,” he added.
The all-volunteer group provides new school clothing for more than 10,000 children each year, as well as 12 college scholarships and over 5,000 clothing and hygiene kits for victims of assault or crisis.
The organization also has expanded its efforts to helping homeless teenagers who are on their own, without support from parents or guardians.
“The incredible success of our thrift shop, and much of our community endeavors, would not have been possible without the continued support of Michael Pollack,” said Janifer Gorney, president of Assistance League of East Valley.
“Michael paved the way for our Assistance League chapter to realize our dream of a beautiful shop that better serves the community.”
The Casino Night will feature casino-style gaming, music, live and silent auctions and a sumptuous buffet. A $75 registration fee includes dinner, game chips, free drink and entertainment.
Professional dealers provide blackjack, roulette and craps tables. Auction items include trips and events, including premium tickets to an Eagles concert at Talking Stick Arena.
Reservations can be made at assistanceleagueeastvalley.org.