It was a sure bet that Calallen educators would win big at the Calallen Education Foundationís first ever Casino Night on Saturday.

The organization was able to raise nearly $20,000 from the event, which included a mixture of public and silent auctions, along with casino-style gaming tables. The event was held at the Gulf Coast Racetrack. All proceeds from the event will go to fund grant opportunities for Calallen teachers to use towards extracurricular and classroom endeavors for students.

The Calallen Education Foundation was formed to provide grant opportunities to teachers planning to conduct activities or do projects for their students that go above and beyond what is normally required in the classroom.

The Calallen Education Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of Calallen Independent School District parents and members of the local business community.

With more than 300 attendees, tables for blackjack, poker and craps were packed all night. Attendees also heard from local representatives, including State Rep. Connie Scott and Nueces County Commissioner Mike Pusley.

Also present was Jessie Pavelka, a 2001 graduate of Calallen High School, who is a professional actor and model.