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Beyond the Tables: Why Carolyn Maddox Never Misses Pink Palace Casino Night

Each March, Pink Palace Casino Night turns an ordinary Saturday night into an extraordinary celebration of life and purpose. The annual Vegas-themed gala, hosted by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) to raise funds for its mission, has become a beacon of hope for the Alabama breast cancer community, drawing spirited individuals like Carolyn Maddox to its vibrant cause.

Carolyn has attended almost every Pink Palace Casino Night since its inception and served as a longtime member of the event planning committee.

“I don’t remember the exact year I first attended, but I know this for certain: I now have a million more gray hairs,” she says.

Describing herself as a fervent lover of the arts, Carolyn was initially captivated by the event’s distinctive themes. “It was exciting to see a party like this in my town. The themes made the celebration of life fun and exciting which emerged the guests into the storyline.”

What began as an appreciation for the decor transformed into a deep commitment to the cause—raising money for lifesaving breast cancer research across Alabama.

As an event committee member, Carolyn dedicates her time and energy to ensuring the event’s success. “What makes Pink Palace Casino Night different is that we party for a purpose and that purpose has never changed,” she emphasizes. “The fact that so many people are willing to come, support, give and play makes all the hard work worth it.”

Diamonds and Drinks! Guests can donate for a glass of bubbly and a chance to win a pair of white gold and diamond hoop earrings courtesy of Southeastern Jewelers.

Highlights of the evening include Vegas-style casino gaming with blackjack, poker, roulette, craps, and slots, a silent auction with a huge selection of must-have items, food by Kathy G. & Company with complimentary beer and wine, plus “Diamonds and Drinks” where guests can donate for a glass of bubbly and chance to win a pair of white gold and diamond hoop earrings courtesy of Southeastern Jewelers. Live music from II Da Maxx keeps the crowd dancing all night long.

Another standout feature of Casino Night for Carolyn is the atmosphere. “It’s bigger than life,” she says. Casino Night transcends individual interests, fostering a connection among attendees that goes beyond the typical gala experience.

Despite not being a seasoned gambler, Carolyn finds herself returning to the casino tables every year. Her strategy may lack the finesse of a card sharp, but she always has a blast. “I know nothing about card games beyond ‘Go Fish,’ but once I’m seated at a table, I soak in the vibe, mimic whoever is seated closest to me, ask a few questions, then have the time of my life!”

But, Carolyn explains, “My biggest win has been on auction items because I’ve won items to give to others who now treasure them.”

The Casino Night auction is unique because even if guests can’t attend in person, they can bid in the auction right from their phone. Auction details and virtual site will be added to the event site soon! Visit for all the info.

When asked why Pink Palace Casino Night is a must-attend event, Carolyn’s response is both simple and profound: “We are our brother’s and sister’s keeper, and we have to pay it forward. It’s the circle of life.” This sentiment encapsulates the essence of Casino Night, emphasizing the importance of collective responsibility in building a future without breast cancer and the impact of giving back.

All proceeds from Pink Palace Casino Night support the BCRFA’s mission to help find a cure for breast cancer. By purchasing a ticket, you become an integral part of the BCRFA’s efforts to fuel lifesaving breast cancer research across the state, driving progress towards new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for this disease.

Carolyn and the entire event committee invite you to join them for this year’s Pink Palace Casino Night on Saturday, March 9, from 7:00 to 10:30 at Soiree Event Gallery.

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Carolyn with the 2019 event committee.

Carolyn and committee members setting up the silent auction in 2023.

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