Get ready to dress up in your finest evening cocktail attire, press your luck on the card table and bid on a variety of fun and exciting auction items, all for a good cause.

As part of an ongoing effort to “Give Where You Live,” the Coldwell Banker Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is hosting “Monte Carlo Casino Night” on February 19 in support of the inaugural Pony Express Marathon and two vital local organizations, Alpha K9 and Courage Worldwide.

The Pony Express Marathon, a new and exciting course in Sacramento with several distances to choose from, races into Sacramento on May 1. Start on Capitol Mall and tour the city on foot. And for you serious racers out there, come qualify for the Boston Marathon (bonus: the course is flat). The Pony Express Marathon will provide funds from the race to Alpha K9 and Courage Worldwide.

The Coldwell Banker Community Foundation decided to partner up with the Pony Express Marathon because of their support for non-profit organizations, and their advocacy on providing people a healthy lifestyle.

To join in on the fun and support a great cause, book your ticket to Monte Carlo. The event will take place on Friday, February 19, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® located at 2003 Howe Avenue, Sacramento. The ticket price is $75 and it includes $500 worth of play money. Be sure to purchase your tickets online here. All money raised goes to support the Pony Express Marathon and ultimately Alpha K9 and Courage Worldwide.

Wondering how these organizations support the local community? Here’s some additional information on Alpha K9 and Courage Worldwide:

Alpha K9

Alpha K9 is run by a combat disabled veteran and is a provider of highly skilled and effective Service Dogs and Working Dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and those with emotional disabilities. According to the US Census, 50 percent of veterans suffer from PTSD, and 22 commit suicide every day. Service dogs have shown to reduce stress in humans and improve sense of belonging and acceptance while helping with patience, impulse control and emotional regulation.

Alpha K9 provides service dogs for $5,000 each, which is significantly less than the $50,000 cost at for-profit organizations. Alpha K9 service dogs are rescues, and have been specially trained; nearly 1,000 dogs have been placed to owners since the organization was founded.

Courage Worldwide

The other organization that will be receiving funds from the marathon is Courage Worldwide (locally, Courage House Northern California).

Courage Worldwide helps child sex trafficking victims by providing them homes and resources to live a plentiful life. Courage House Northern California houses six girls, ages 11-17, offering them a long-term home while providing them with trauma therapy, an on-site school, dance/music/arts studio, equestrian and riding program, and classes in social and life skills. While in the program, GPA averages have increased from a 1.5 to 3.0 after three months. Five girls have graduated from high school, three enrolled in college, and one girl graduated from college and has enrolled in a master’s program.

Courage House Northern California plans to expand its service by building 10 cottages, which will each house six girls who will have a room of their own. The average cost to build each cottage is $500,000. Funds will be raised by the organization to complete this expansion project over the next five years.

For more information about the Pony Express Marathon or to register for the event, visit: ponyexpressmarathon.com. We hope to see you at the card table and on the racecourse!